Black Students More Likely to be Punished for Same Infractions as White Students

Friday, October 07, 2011
North Carolina’s school system has had a habit of punishing black students more often than white students who commit the same offenses.
A study released by the National Education Policy Center, a non-partisan source of peer-reviewed research, claimed 32% of black students in North Carolina were given out-of-school suspension for using a cell phone at school.
Less than 15% of white students received the same punishment for breaking the same rule.
When it came to a first-time offense of public display of affection, about 43% of black students were suspended. White students? Again, about 15%.
A similar disparity was uncovered in Texas schools by The Council of State Governments, whose study concluded that black students were 31% more likely to be targeted for discipline than other students.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice (by Daniel J. Losen, National Education Policy Center) (pdf)


Gabriella 9 years ago
this is the school to prison pipeline affecting at-risk minority youth in the us. it's not only a pattern coming out of north carolina--it's a national problem affecting tens of thousands of youth. "they lock us out of schools, and lock us in jails."

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