Decade later, racial discipline gap widens -

Decade later, racial discipline gap widens

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A review by The Associated Press has found that half of all kids suspended from public schools are black even though blacks make up only one-fifth of the statewide enrollment.

It was a decade ago that the Rev. Jesse Jackson protested in Decatur over the expulsion of six black students for fighting.

The racial disparity in school discipline has torn wide open since then.

The AP's study shows that black suspensions have increased 75 percent in the past ten years. White suspensions have fallen 5 percent.

The more serious penalty of expulsion has fallen disproportionately on blacks too.

Whites are expelled 16 percent more than they were a decade ago. Black expulsions have jumped 56 percent.

Experts blame poverty, poor teacher training, low academic achievement and possibly racial bias.

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