Black students at schools in Wichita and surrounding districts are disciplined at higher rates than their white peers, a trend that mirrors racial disparities throughout the country, according to the most comprehensive survey of school civil rights data in nearly 15 years.
The findings, part of an expansive survey of America’s public schools by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, shows that black students are more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled at middle and high schools in Wichita and most area districts.
Education officials say it’s difficult to pinpoint reasons for the disparities.
Yeah, it’s a mystery. But maybe, just maybe, if the black kids didn’t commit disciplinary offenses at a higher rate than white kids, things might even out.
Just a guess.
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