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Study: MCS suspends black students more often than others

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Black students are suspended more than three times as often as their white classmates, according to the study. Black students are suspended more than three times as often as their white classmates, according to the study.
The study shows Memphis as one of four cities where the suspension disparity is magnified as a "hot spot" city. The study shows Memphis as one of four cities where the suspension disparity is magnified as a "hot spot" city.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A UCLA study shows a severe disparity in the suspensions of black students in comparison with the counterparts of other races and ethnicities. The study shows Memphis as one of four cities where the suspension disparity is magnified as a "hot spot" city.

Black students are suspended more than three times as often as their white classmates, according to the study. That is twice as often as their Latino classmates, and more than 10 times as often as their Asian classmates in middle and high schools nationwide.

The project study, released this spring, is called "Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools". It uses Department of Education data collected during the 2009 through 2010 school year.

In Memphis, as well as in Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis, the city school district suspended at least 40 percent of all black students at least once during that school year.

Previous studies show even one suspension can double a student's odds of dropping out. A similar study in the 1970's by the Children's Defense Fund showed black students were suspended more often than students of other races, but the gap then was not nearly as disproportionate as the latest findings indicate.

Memphis City Schools said there are programs in place actively trying to engage students before they are suspended.

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