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Disturbing Inequities: Exploring the Relationship Between Racial Disparities in Special Education Identification and Discipline

January 1, 2014

This study examines whether exposure to novice teachers and risk for identification for special education predicated suspension rates. Identification as having emotional disturbance and specific learning disabilities were found to predict an increase in suspension rates for Black male students. The report's findings draw from 72,168 schools in nearly 7,000 school districts from nearly every state.

Boys and Men of Color; Education

Out of School and Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools

April 8, 2013

Analyzing data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, the report reveals profound disparities in suspension rates when disaggregating data by race/ethnicity, gender, and disability status. The report identifies districts with the largest number of "hotspot" schools (suspending 25 percent or more of their total student body), suggests alternatives that are already in use, and highlights civil rights concerns.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Education; Neighborhoods and Communities

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