April 02, 2014 Practice Points

Office for Civil Rights Releases New School Discipline Data

By Marlene Sallo

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released new data on school discipline, including alarming numbers of preschoolers being pushed out of school. According to the newly released data snapshot, racial disparities exist from as early as preschool, where black children make up 18 percent of preschool enrollment and represent 48 percent of the preschool children that receive more than one out-of-school suspension. The discipline data can be accessed on the DOE OCR Civil Rights Data Collection page.

Keywords: litigation, children's rights, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, school discipline, data, preschoolers, suspension rates, race

Marlene Sallo is a CRLC working group member in Washington, D.C.

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