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Black students and Black students with disabilities have the highest probability of being suspended or expelled from schools statewide.

Nearly one in six African-American students were suspended or expelled from school in 2009-2010 and nearly 22 out of every 100 Black students who had disabilities were suspended at least once, according to a report compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Although the report, “Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools,” was last updated in February 2015, it was written by ACLU of Pennsylvania Senior Policy Advocate Harold Jordan who speaks about the topic frequently, most recently on April 5 at Eastern State Penitentiary.

For more information, see The Philadelphia Tribune.

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