School suspension rates higher for black boys

(KXAN FIle Photo)
(KXAN FIle Photo)

AUSTIN (AP) — Federal data shows that while Texas is doing better than the national average, black male students statewide are still suspended nearly five times more frequently than whites.

A report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education found that 14 percent of Texas black boys were suspended during the 2011-2012 school year. That’s compared to 3 percent of white males and 6 percent of Hispanics.

The national average for suspensions among black males, though, was 20 percent —compared to 6 percent for whites and 9 percent for Hispanics.

Also, 10 percent of black female students in Texas were suspended, compared to 2 percent of whites and 3 percent of Hispanics.

Nationally, 12 percent of black girls were suspended, compared to 2 percent of whites and 4 percent of Hispanics. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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