The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UCCCSR) has released a report finding that African American students, students with low test scores, and students with disabilities are much more likely to be suspended than other students. The suspension rates presented in this report mirror rates nationwide that are also disproportionately high for African American students. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection notes that such disproportionately high suspension and expulsion rates for African American students begins as early as preschool. The UCCCSR report indicates that students who are suspended or expelled are more likely to struggle academically and drop out of school.
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