These Are the States That Suspend Students at the Highest Rates

Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post, February 23, 2015

Schools in the Sunshine State may not rank at the top as far as SAT scores or high school graduation rates, but they did suspend students at the highest rate in the country during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a report released Monday by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies.

Using the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the report and an accompanying research tool analyzes which states and school districts handed out the most out-of-school suspensions and whom these suspensions most affected.

Overall, while suspension rates for black, white and Latino students were similar in 2011-2012 to suspension rates in the early and mid-2000s, they were still significantly higher than they were in the early 1970s, when the federal government began collecting such data. Black students, Latino students and students with disabilities are still significantly more likely to face this type of punishment.


Florida suspended 19 percent of its secondary school students–a category that includes middle, junior high and high schoolers–during this time period. Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina suspended 16 percent of those students. North Dakota, at the opposite end of the spectrum, suspended only 3 percent of its secondary school students.



Racial disparities in suspension were especially present in Missouri–a trend that is notable given recent, racially charged protests in the state. At the elementary school level, Missouri had the highest gap in school suspension rates between black and white students. At the middle school, junior high and high school level, Missouri landed in the top five in terms of suspension disparities.



“The Normandy school district in Missouri, where Michael Brown attended, is among the highest suspending districts in the entire nation with an overall suspension rate for black students of just under 50 percent,” Losen said in a press release. {snip}



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  • TomIron361

    Why isn’t the People’s Republic of New Jersey in this? We’ve got towns such as Camden, Newark, Trenton, Asbury Park, Elizabeth, Paterson, Long Branch, Atlantic City, etc., all full of our colored brethren. How many states can boast of having that many towns down on their luck?

    • JackKrak

      Maybe because the school systems are run by La’Tashqueena and Leroy, so it’s better to bury the stats than have to explain how poor little angel D’Shawnnell gets suspended so often by his own people.

      Either that or they couldn’t figure out how to calculate the numbers and just ignored the whole thing.

      • jambi19

        More like Leroy and La’Tashqueena simply don’t suspend anyone.

      • SentryattheGate

        Like the black school districts that got caught changing grades, as in Atlanta.

  • Missouri isn’t know for much of anything good these days. So when we place number one in some good quality positive metric, it’s truly a celebratory occasion. Time for me to go back to drinking just a little bit and pop some champagne.

    You may be asking: Which school districts in Missouri run by evil KKK bigots are the ones suspending black students for no good reason at all, to keep them away from their nuclear physics lessons? The answer: St. Louis City, Kansas City, Normandy and Riverview Gardens, the latter two being black districts in north St. Louis County, not far from everyone’s favorite North St. Louis County suburb that starts with an F. According to the Post-Dispatch, a most of the black elementary school suspensions in this time period came from those four districts, which of course are all run by the Klan.

    • Reynardine

      “Missouri isn’t know for much of anything good these days.”

      They have the Ozarks, some beautiful hills and valleys, excellent BBQ, and friendly white folk in the interior. They also have a burgeoning arms industry!

      • John Smith

        If you exclude KC, STL, Columbia and St. Joe, it’s not really that bad elsewhere.

        • Reynardine


          Missouri has some of the best liquor and gun laws in the country, and has an excellent cost of living outside the major metropolitan areas. Lots of caves, rivers, and wildlife areas. It’s in my top 10 for retirement.

          • “Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms”

            It’s the name of a Federal agency.

            It’s also a list of things that are cheap in Missouri.

          • SentryattheGate

            Yeah, it was a great place to grow up! I kinda miss it, and wonder about going back.

      • awb

        And English as the official govt. language. Good hunting & fishing too!

    • awb

      Those school board’s are run by black’s.

  • AmericanCitizen

    The fact there are enough suspensions to create national data tracking the suspensions speaks volumes. While everyone is obsessed about the percent of blacks suspended, how about some data on why? I suspect while most suspended blacks would say “dindu nuffins” the discipline report would suggest otherwise. Unless you are an ultra Liberal who thinks harmless respectful blacks get suspended simply for skin color, you might want to know what infractions were committed, and how many, before blindly arguing that blacks are unfairly disciplined in schools.

    Chances are they’re not disciplined enough.

  • MekongDelta69

    Thank you Mzzzzz. Rebecca Klein of the leftist Huffington Puffington Post for ‘enlightening’ all of us to the inanely obvious.

  • JackKrak

    Remember, the liberal types are the ones who love to tell everyone about how they are all about the facts and science and statistics, motivated by the world as it is and not we would like it to be.

    But they will twist themselves into any logical or semantic pretzel to avoid acknowledging what actual facts say.

    • JohnEngelman

      They will also avoid sending their children to public schools with large black populations.

    • jambi19

      Oh they will create entire abstractions to explain this horrible HORRIBLE injustice. (WHITE PRIVILEGE).

  • Claus Von Stauffenberg

    As usual I am shocked, shocked by this racial and geographic pattern.

  • superlloyd

    And… am I supposed to be shocked by this? Is enforcing discipline in order that the students who wish to learn can do so somehow wrong? I’m sure black suspensions should be much higher but many offenders are given the benefit of the doubt in the forlorn hope that magically they’ll reform their feral, anti social behaviour.

    Have these disparate impact idiots even looked at the reasons for suspensions?

  • JohnEngelman

    The problem is not the large number of juvenile delinquents who are expelled from school, but the large number who remain.

    In the United States there are hundreds of thousands of hoodlums who cannot be educated, and who violently interfere with the education of teenagers who can be educated. Those hoodlums should be permanently expelled so that teachers can teach, and students can learn.

    • InAFreeCountry

      They should have a separate learning environment for the thugs and hoods. They could call it Juvie Hall.

      • MBlanc46

        Or just let them drop out at twelve. They’ll wind up in the criminal justice system sooner or later.

        • I’d be OK with that so long as there was a daytime curfew during school hours for the dropouts. This means that if you drop out, you will not be out on the streets weekdays between 8:00 AM and 2:30 PM.

          • MBlanc46

            There’s also the segregated communities solution. I don’t care when they walk the streets as long as they’re not my streets.

          • We’d still have white meth-using thieves, but I could seriously get behind segregated continents.

            “Attention N’DeShitavious: Your drinking fountains and lunch counters are now in Liberia. Thank you and have a nice day!”

    • LHathaway

      You may underestimate how ‘cool’ and seductive are the students who don’t really want to learn?

  • RacialRay

    Really, New York? No data? By my interpretation of these silly charts, when a black commits a felony in the classroom here in New York, we suspend a white kid.

    Reparations ‘R’ Us, yo.

    • IstvanIN

      Cuomo and DeBlackio wouldn’t want the truth to get out.

  • jambi19

    As a former public school teacher in the Florida Panhandle let me say this: I was a realist before I took the job. I was a racist when I left. It was a huge eye opener. I looked to others for help with my dichotomy. Everything the TV, University, magazines, newspapers, ESPN, music etc had told me was dead wrong. Most I confided in gave the cookie cutter responses I was paid to tell my students. “Legacy of slavery this, white privilege that, I have a dream” Then I came here. It is here I found others not lying to themselves and everyone else around them

    • MBlanc46


    • Marilyn Rosen

      I was in the same boat. I worked in daycare for a long time and it was some of the african american kids who had the most trouble with discipline. They didn’t respond to me like white kids did. I had to talk to them different and that was weird for me. I remember taking all these stupid diversity trainings. I tried their supposed methods of discipline and it didn’t work. It is all a farce

    • Marilyn Rosen

      My situation was different than yours but my eyes were opened too.

  • LHathaway

    “Missouri landed in the top five”

  • Is HuffPo suggesting that students be suspended on a quota system, instead of actual disciplinary infractions like fighting, stealing and vandalism?

    • Luke Samuelson

      It won’t be long until such a system is in place. If the percentage of blacks suspended has reached its determined limit, any additional infractions by a student of color will suspend a white student in his stead. This will work to maintain both races’ suspension quotas.

  • WR_the_realist

    Looking at the light yellow states it is clear that the best way to have a tiny difference between white and black suspension rates is to have no or very few blacks in the school district. Why doesn’t the Huffington Post come to this obvious conclusion?

  • Nancy

    Funny, but that suspensions map seems to resemble this map. I guess it’s just a coincidence, huh?

  • Nancy

    I taught a girl named Bunshellda.

    • SentryattheGate

      I came cross a black man named “Yourhighness” the other day! And a black gal named Shatarious, and another named Titite!

  • Before this thread gets old, here’s some quality entertainment for you on this subject matter, coming from someone who has a screen shot of a certain TV show in his avatar.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Back when America was a great country and out schools were all geared towards being proud of our european heritage and also being patriotic.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Imagine our schools, country and the west if we sent the blacks back to Africa and no non wh!!tes, and no Semites pulling the strings in the background. I guess we can only imagine.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Imagine our schools, country and the west if we sent the blacks back to Africa and no non wh!!tes, and no tribesmen pulling the strings in the background. I guess we can only imagine.

  • SentryattheGate

    And it only makes sense that the same is true for prison incarceration rates.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    “The Normandy school district in Missouri, where Michael Brown attended, is among the highest suspending districts in the entire nation with an overall suspension rate for black students of just under 50 percent,” Losen said in a press release. “This type of large disparity impacts both the academic achievement and life outcomes of millions of historically disadvantaged children, inflicting upon them a legacy of despair rather than opportunity.”

    Being a liberal used to be an honorable thing in my opinion however this modern liberal mindset of excusing away degenerate black behavior and shifting the blame for it onto either whites or the “system” has now made being a liberal as embarrassing to me as being a fundi Christian conservative. Two different flavors of delusional is how I see it. Are there any rational, intellectually honest people left in the world?