Minneapolis Public Schools

Schools Notebook: Suspensions down, but disparities remain

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Minneapolis Public Schools suspended students less often last year, but wide race-based disparities remain in the use of punishments that remove students from the classroom.

About 70 percent of the 3,090 suspensions doled out in 2014–2015 went to black students. It’s closer to 80 percent when students whose families recently emigrated from Africa are included in the count.

Even so, fewer students were suspended in almost every demographic group. Total suspensions dropped by more than one-third when compared to the 2013–2014 school year.

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