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Project Update: The Consequences of Racial Disparities in School Suspensions.

Author: 
Voight, Charlotte , Julia Blount, and Mary Lou Middleton.

According to a joint report by the Minneapolis Foundation, the Minneapolis Public School District, and the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce titled Measuring Up 2002, African Americans account for more than three-fourths of all suspensions in Minneapolis schools. In addition, more than one-third of African American students and one-fourth of American Indian students were suspended at some point from 1998 to 2001. As part of a long-term, ongoing research project on community-based strategies for improving minority student test performance, the Wilkins Center at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs conducted an analysis for the Minneapolis Foundation on the impacts of suspensions, parental involvement, and textbooks in four Minneapolis public schools. The authors found that suspension itself is not a significant contributor to racial gaps in test scores, but that there are large racial disparities in suspension rates in Minneapolis Public Schools, and that suspension policies are not applied uniformly throughout the district. The authors conclude that the nature and causes of those disparities are significant, and merit further inquiry and policy consideration, and recommend a longitudinal study of the academic impact of suspensions.

Journal: 
CURA Reporter
Publication date: 
2005
Publisher: 
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Sponsor: 
Startup funds for this project were provided by a Faculty Interactive Research Grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota. Additional support provided by the Minneapolis Foundation; the Minneapolis, St Paul, and Richfield school districts; the United Way; the St Paul Companies Foundation; the Bigelow Foundation; the General Mills Foundation; and the American Educational Research Association.
Pages: 
35 (1): 22-24.
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CURA call number: 
Reporter 35 (1)