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Black Students Are Three Times More Likely to Be Suspended Than Their White Classmates

New data from the Office of Civil Rights provides hard evidence of prejudice against black and Latino students in America's education system.


As my third-grade son walked down a school hallway last week, a teacher stopped him and accused him of stealing something. He told her he didn't know anything about the incident, but she pressured him to confess. She even asked her students—who were also in the hallway and heard the whole exchange—if they thought he was the thief.

It's tempting to write off the incident as one educator's lapse of judgment, but, in fact, my son's experience is a symptom of a larger pattern of discrimination in our nation's schools. Data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights provides hard evidence of prejudice against black and Latino students in America's education system.

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Video: Chicago Teachers Surprise Students with "Thriller" Flash Mob

The South Side charter school's staff turns to Michael Jackson to boost student "zest."

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Teachers at Chicago's 3-year-old Gary Comer College Prep sure know how to surprise (and motivate) their students. This afternoon at their Third Quarter Town Hall, the South Side charter school's staff staged an awesome flash mob performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"—and it was all caught on video by a student.

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