- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A charity that seeks to improve conditions for vulnerable children is giving $2 million to programs designed to help young black men in Mississippi.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, based in Michigan, announced the grants Tuesday to Tougaloo College and the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Foundation.

The Kellogg Foundation says the money is for programs seeking to change school discipline policies that unfairly target black male students.

An ACLU news release says that across Mississippi, black students are three times more to be given out-of-school suspension than white students, and the gap is even wider in some districts.

The ACLU says schools need discipline polices that are positive and supportive. It says the Mississippi Center for Justice will focus on improving discipline policies in the Sunflower County schools.

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