New Report: Suspension Rates Higher Among Black Students in Virginia

Discipline in Virginia’s schools is not colorblind, according to a new report that suggests lawmakers take a closer look at school discipline practices.

Audio, News Story (Virginia)

Michael Pope
WVTF (local NPR, VA)
October 25, 2018

Tags: Minorities: Racial/Ethnic, Schools: Discipline

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


Black students in Virginia are suspended at rates that are 4.5 times higher than white students. That’s according to a new report from the Legal Aid Justice Center. Policy Coordinator Amy Woolard says it’s not because black students are more disruptive.

“For the same offenses, for the same disciplinary history in the same types of schools, black children are being disciplined more harshly than their white peers.”