Minorities see punishment gap in Colo. schools

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Black and Latino children in Colorado schools are more likely than whites to face harsh punishments such as suspension or expulsion, the Denver Post reports.

The newspaper published an analysis Tuesday of state disciplinary records for the 2008-09 school year. The paper found that black students made up just 5.9 percent of all pupils, but 12.7 percent of the cases of suspension, expulsion or discipline for being disruptive.

Latino students were 28.4 percent of the students but 37 percent of the discipline cases.

There were bright spots in the data. From the 2000 school year to the 2008 school year, the percent of students disciplined in Colorado fell from 11.1 percent to 8.5 percent.

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  • by Trent on Jan 5, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    Any excuse we can make to make whites sound racist. Look in the jail and prison system look at the percentage their also. Blacks and hispanics are far more populating the system than whites whats their excuse their surely it's not coincidence. We have BET television we have spanish clubs in our schools when are we going to get to the point we can say Biance won an award instead of (this is the 100 black women to win this award) Lets start taking race out and refer to people as people.
  • by James on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    I agree. Bad headline. Not balanced. Makes people sound racist that are just doing their jobs.
  • by J Johnson Location: grand junction co on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    Using a figure of 1,000 students to give an example one would see the following: 85 discilinary actions of which 10.8 were black, 31.5 latino, the remainder -32.7 are white or other. Tells me we have a latino problem! How many come from homes that are illegal aliens? You left way too much information out of this report! But it sells your product doesn't it!
  • by Jeff Johnson Location: Grand Junction on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    What is not stated is that these particular groups have proven to be more disruptive. Many factors such as home life, social status, lack of discipline in the home, etc, can contribute to the cause. What was also not stated is how many of the latino group are illegal aliens! There are too many factors not considered or stated for the reason of so called inbalance in the report. DeaL with it!
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