Disabled and Black Students Especially Likely to Be Suspended From School
Not surprising, but heartbreaking. Disabled students are almost twice as likely as other kids to be suspended from school, and Black kids who are disabled are twice as likely to be suspended as other disabled kids:
According to a new analysis of Department of Education data, 13 percent of disabled students in kindergarten through 12th grade were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year, compared with 7 percent of students without disabilities. Among African-American children with disabilities, which included with learning difficulties, the rate is even higher: one out of every four was suspended at least once during that school year.
The good news is that there are districts who are doing a better job:
“What’s most interesting is not who is suspending kids, but who isn’t,” said Diane Howard, staff attorney for juvenile justice and education for the National Disability Rights Network. “We want to take this report and say we know that viable alternatives exist and school districts and states both rich and poor are choosing not to suspend kids, so it’s not inevitable. So how do we get the districts with high suspension rates to learn from that and change their practices?”