Suspensions at R.I. schools down; rates for minority students high

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Although the total number of suspensions in Rhode Island public schools has declined dramatically, minority students are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers, according to the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Thanks to a new law prohibiting suspensions for attendance issues, the total number of suspensions has plummeted from nearly 22,000 in 2011-2012 to almost 16,000 suspensions during the last school year.

The ACLU says this represents the biggest drop in suspensions since 2004.

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