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Posted by Courtney Wise Randolph on May 15, 2015.

There is more than an achievement gap between white and black Americans in our education system; there is a discipline gap too. African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely to be expelled or suspended as their white peers.

The achievement gap doesn’t stand alone. Beside it is the discipline gap in American education that also needs our attention. Even Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has acknowledged that “African American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely to be expelled or suspended as their white peers.” For black students with disabilities, the rates of suspension and expulsion are more than twice that of their white counterparts.

It’s a disparity with rippling and devastating impact—not only are black and Latino students more likely to be suspended or expelled for less severe infractions, their misbehaviors are far more likely to be reported to the police.

Read the full article in Pacific Standard.