- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City Public Schools data reveals the district is suspending fewer students for shorter periods of time, but it continues to suspend students of color more often than their white peers.

Director of student climate and student discipline Chuck Tompkins tells The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/2joduVy ) that black students have so far made up 45 percent of total suspensions in 2016-2017, despite only making up a quarter of the district’s enrollment. By comparison, white students in the district made up 12 percent of suspensions so far this year, but make up nearly 15 percent of enrollment.

The U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is monitoring the district, saying it referred black students for discipline in 2014-2015 more than three times as frequently as white students.

Tompkins also says there are fewer long-term suspensions so far this year.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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