Suspension rate among Black students in New Jersey increased last year

POLITICO’s Carly Sitrin wrote that Black students in New Jersey were suspended from school last year at more than three times the rate of white students, according to a report from the state Department of Education. The state’s annual report on student discipline — released quietly last Thursday with no accompanying statement from the DOE — shows an 11 percent increase in total in- and out-of-school suspensions for all students from 2017-18 to 2018-19. Black students were suspended at a rate of 8.9 percent, while the suspension rate for white students was 2.7 percent, according to the report. In total, 55,971 New Jersey students received at least one in- or out-of-school suspension in 2018-19, compared to 50,283 in 2017-18. Nearly 1.4 million students attend public schools in the state. The report does not break down the numbers by race.”

The Education Law Center notes three key trends in addition to the increase in suspensions: 1)  An Increase in Police Notifications and Arrests, 2) An Increase in Violence and Substance Offenses, and 3)  A Slight Decline in Bullying Investigations.

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