Newly released Civil Rights Data Collection shows discipline disparity among students of color and students with disabilities compared to their white peers

March 7, 2012

According to the latest Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) released Tuesday, black students were three and a half times as likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers, a New York Times article reported. “The harsh punishments, especially expulsion under zero tolerance and referrals to law enforcement, show that students of color and students with disabilities are increasingly being pushed out of schools, oftentimes into the criminal justice system.”
said Deborah J. Vagins, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office.

The Department of Education began gathering information on civil rights and education in 1968 and continued to do so until 2006, when the project was halted. It has since been reinstated and now includes additional information.

Read the article: Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests

Link to the data: Civil Rights Data Collection