REPORT: 1 in 4 Black Students Suspended; Mostly for Nonviolent Offenses

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles Civil Rights Project has released a set of reports that shine a light on the distressing discipline gap in America’s schools.

Among its findings: One million (or 1 in 9) middle and high school students were suspended in the 2009-10 academic year; 24 percent of black students and just 7.1 percent of white students.

Most of these suspensions were the result of nonviolent offenses like lateness or dress code violations.

These suspended students are more likely to drop out of school.