INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new report finds that Indiana educators impose greater punishments on black and other minority students than on white students.
Data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights division shows minority students in Indiana often make up a disproportionately large percentage of suspended students, even among girls. Those numbers mirror a national trend.
National data also show that cycle starts as early as preschool for some minority students who are suspended. Nearly half of preschool children suspended more than once are black, although they represent only about 20 percent of preschool attendees.
The figures also show that disabled students have a disproportionately high suspension rate.
Experts say suspensions alone can harm students’ academic performance, and greater cultural sensitivity could help cut down on sometimes unnecessary punishments.