03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Public Schools 3 Times As Likely To Suspend Black Students Than White Students

Black public-school students in Colorado are nearly three times as likely to face serious discipline as their white peers, a disparity that is persistently growing despite efforts to curb it.

In the 2008-09 school year, about 70,000, or 8.5 percent, of the state's 818,000 students were suspended, expelled or disciplined for being disruptive, according to a Denver Post analysis of newly released data. Reasons ranged from drug, weapon and alcohol infractions to disobedient and detrimental behavior, the most common -- and subjective -- reasons.

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