The Difference
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Wed March 26, 2014

Interview: IU's Russell Skiba on Research Showing Black Students More Likely to be Suspended

Dr. Russell Skiba, professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology, and Director of the Equity Project at Indiana University.
Dr. Russell Skiba, professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology, and Director of the Equity Project at Indiana University.
Credit Russell Skiba

Researchers have known for years that black male students are disciplined in schools more frequently than their white peers.

New research from Indiana University confirms that gap exists nationwide, but it goes a step further – black girls, Latinos, and gay students are also at risk of being over-referred and suspended from school.

The new studies find suspensions are often given for relatively small offenses, things like loitering and dress code violations.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino talked with IU Equity Project Director, Dr. Russell Skiba, who released the new research.

 

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