ACLU: Blacks, Hispanics Suspended More Often in Rhode Island

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Black and Hispanic students are much more likely than white students to be punished with an out-of-school suspension at Rhode Island public schools, according to a report released Wednesday by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU examined data collected by the Rhode Island Department of Education between 2004 and 2012 and said it found nearly all districts disproportionately suspended black and Hispanic students. It’s calling for schools to curtail their use of out-of-school suspensions and for districts to annually examine their discipline rates to see if certain groups are being disproportionately punished.

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