Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Dept. of Education found black students were getting the boot far faster and in much bigger numbers than white students. While blacks made up then less than 20 percent of the nation’s public school students, they comprised nearly one out of three students kicked out of the schools. Things were so bad then that the NAACP held public hearings nationally on the racial disparities in school discipline. The hearings were timely and needed but they didn’t change anything.
The recent Dept. of Education survey on racial disparities in public education found that black students were still getting the boot from schools faster than any other group, and that included black females who were disproportionately suspended and expelled more than white females from schools. But it also found that the students were getting suspended in astoundingly disproportionate numbers even before they ever set foot in a regular school classroom. According to figures, nearly 50 percent of preschoolers that received more than one suspension were blacks. This was double that of white students though blacks made up less than 20 percent of public school preschoolers.