This from a new report by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which analyzed aggregate data from each of the state's 500 school districts.
Key findings of the report include:
- Black students make up 13.6 percent of Pennsylvania's student population, but they received almost half of the out-of-school suspensions, at 48.25 percent.
- Seventeen percent of black students were suspended at least once, a rate five times that of white students.
- One out of every 10 Latino students were suspended at least once, one of the highest Latino suspension rates in the country.
- Students with disabilities were almost twice as likely as other students to receive out-of-school suspensions – 11.1 percent versus 5.7 percent.
- Black students with disabilities received OSSs at the highest rate of any group – 22 out of every 100 were suspended at least once.