Report: Racial Gap In D.C. Area School Suspensions

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A published report says black students in the D.C. area are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students, and the trend can be seen in both the Maryland and Virginia suburbs and inner city Washington.

The Washington Post reports that its analysis found that in the suburbs alone, more than 35,000 students were suspended or expelled from school at some point last school year — more than half of them black students.

Experts say potential reasons for the disparity are poverty, unintended bias, unequal access to highly effective teachers and differences in school leadership styles.

In Montgomery County, Maryland, Deputy Superintendent Frieda K. Lacey says officials are trying new approaches to close the gap, including involving a team of administrators in suspension decisions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Working Poor

    I hear parenting works.

  • Sharon

    We have a whole generation of kids that don’t listen and think they know everything regardless of parenting. I think the similac has made half the kids crazy. I don’t know what’s wrong with some of these kids. During my generation (70’s & 80’s), kids were not like the ones today. Most of them think when they turn 18 years old, they’re grown but they don’t have a job, a car or their own homes….but they think they are adults. We still have to make them clean their rooms, bathe and wash the dishes. That’s something to laugh at…but they still think they’re adults.

  • Essexman

    Third time to try post. Administrators don’t single out black students to suspend and look the other way when whites break the rules. Get real the reasons for the suspensions is because the rules were broken and if more blacks are involved than whites so be it. When the so called “experts” give their analysis they are afraid to respond truthfully because of PC.

  • Marcus

    I’d be willing to bet that the school suspensions have a sexually gap also, with more males being suspended then females. I guess we need to look into that. Also, what is the make up of the school systems that they are evaluating, if the populations are more than half black, then statistics alone are going to say that more than half the suspensions will be black.

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