Poor-performing, under-resourced schools and discriminatory zero-tolerance policies, routinely rob Black students access to quality education.
Black students are nearly two times as likely to be suspended without educational services as White students.
Black students are also 3.8 times as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions as White students. *Black children represent 19 percent of the nation’s pre-school population, yet 47 percent of those receiving more than one out-of-school suspension. In comparison, White students represent 41 percent of pre-school enrollment but only 28 percent of those receiving more than one out-of-school suspension.
Suspending Black students from school means they spend less time in the classroom, which further hinders their access to a quality education.
Black students are 2.3 times as likely to receive a referral to law enforcement or be subject to a school-related arrest as White students.
Black students are less likely than White students to have access to college-ready courses. In fact, in 2011-12, only 57 percent of Black students have access to a full range of math and science courses necessary for college readiness, compared with 81 percent of Asian American students and 71 percent of White students.
Students of color are often concentrated in schools with fewer resources. Schools with 90 percent or more students of color spend $733 less per student per year than schools with 90 percent or more White students.
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