Black Girls Face Alarmingly High Rates of School Suspension3/24/2014
Quite frequently do we discuss the challenges that Black boys face in the classroom, but a new stud...
Quite frequently do we discuss the challenges that Black boys face in the classroom, but a new study released by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights compels us to think about how racial discrimination in schools disproportionately affects Black girls.
The study, compiled from data from 2011 and 2012 in 97,000 public schools across the country, found that Black children are suspended at shockingly high rates.
Note: Each of the graphs below come directly from the report
12% of Black girls received an out of school suspension compared to only 2% of white girls. While 20% of Black boys have been suspended compared to 6% of white boys.
Most disturbing are the rates at which Black preschool aged children are suspended. According to the report:
Of the school districts with children participating in preschool programs, 6% reported suspending out of school at least one preschool child. Racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions also start early; black children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but 42% of the preschool children suspended once, and 48% of the preschool children suspended more than once.
Kimberly Foster is the founder and editor of For Harriet. Email or Follow @KimberlyNFoster