Ohio city asked to reduce out-of-school suspensions

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Members of Racial Justice Now called on Dayton Public Schools officials to change their student discipline policies Tuesday, asking the school board to dramatically reduce out-of-school suspensions in the coming years.

Vernellia Randall, professor of law at the University of Dayton, said Dayton Public Schools’ rate of out-of-school suspensions is four times higher than the state average, a level she called “unacceptably high.” She also said there is a racial disparity, with black students being suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.

DPS Superintendent Lori Ward said the district would review the data that Racial Justice Now presented Tuesday before commenting on it.

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