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Suspensions unfairly penalize Blacks, lead to lower grades and ‘Black flight’

SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS ARE intended to deter violence and punish students who demonstrate problematic behavior. Yet, when I interviewed 30 Black high school students in southeast Michigan who had been suspended from school and 30 of their parents, I learned that many students were suspended because school officials misinterpreted their behaviors. Additionally, the suspensions led to […]