Portland (Ore.) Public Schools Disciplines Minority Groups at Higher Rates than White Students

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

By comparing the discipline rates for minority students to their white peers, data from the district showed African American students in Portland Public Schools were 4.1 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students last school year.

The rates were also higher for American Indian students (2.1) and Latino students (1.6), but lower for Asian students (0.6).

The disparities mirror a national trend. Civil rights advocates across the country have decried the racial disparities in discipline data, saying that suspensions and expulsions help contribute to the achievement gap. In Seattle, the U.S. Department of Education even launched an investigation into the discipline rates of black students.

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