New Data Show Decrease in NYC School Suspensions, But Next Mayor Still Has Work to Do

November 1, 2013

New York City public schools posted a 23 percent decline in student suspensions during the last school year, but students of color and students with disabilities continue to be suspended at dramatically higher rates than white students, new data show.

According to the city’s Department of Education (DOE), there were 53,465 suspensions during the 2012-13 school year compared to 69,643 suspensions in 2011-12.

While the decrease shows progress, the number of suspensions still is too high and students of color are disproportionately suspended from school at the same rates as in the past. Black students make up 52.8 percent of suspensions, but only 27.2 percent of the student population.

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