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An August 7, 2012 piece, "Researchers Sound Alarm Over Black Student Suspensions," at EdWeek by Nirvi Shah and Lesli A. Maxwell begins:

Nearly one in six African-American students was suspended from school during the 2009-10 academic year, more than three times the rate of their white peers, a new analysis of federal education data has found.

That compares with about one in 20 white students, researchers at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, based at the University of California, Los Angeles, conclude. They use data collected from about half of all school districts in the nation for that year by the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights.

And for black children with disabilities, the rate was even higher: One in four such students was suspended at least once that year.

In some districts, as many as one out of every two black students was suspended.

The article features comments from a wide variety of advocates for fairness in schools. There is a chart that shows the disparity between white and black student suspension rates state by state. And there is a discussion of the trend in many states, cities and school districts to reexamine zero tolerance policies.

Read the full story at Education Week: Researchers Sound Alarm Over Black Student Suspensions.