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Minority students face harsher discipline, less access and inexperienced teachers

Educational Inequality
Educational Inequality
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African-American students are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers, according to data released today from a national survey by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Their data shows that minority students face harsher discipline, have less access to more rigorous school courses, and are more often taught by less experienced and lower-paid teachers. The national survey included more than 72,000 schools serving 85 percent of students.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that the findings are "a wake-up call to educators at every level and issued a broad challenge to work together to address educational inequities."

Findings from the department's release include:

Black students in L.A. are suspended at a proportionally higher rate than anywhere else in the country, according to a story by the Los Angeles Times today.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).