- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal report shows that nearly one-fourth of West Virginia’s black male students were suspended at least once.

The report Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm shows that nationwide, black students were more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools. The report covered the 2011-12 school year.

The national figure for black male students was 20 percent, compared to 24 percent in West Virginia.

For black female students, the number in West Virginia was also higher than the national average, but just barely: 12 percent nationally, vs. 14 percent in West Virginia.

For white male students, the suspension rate in West Virginia (11 percent) was higher than the national average (6 percent).

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