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Spokane, WA: Young, disabled students more likely to be suspended

July 19, 2017, The Spokane Spokesman Review: Spokane schools suspension rate drops, but disproportionality remains http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jul/19/spokane-schools-suspension-rate-drops-but-dispropo/ Overall, Spokane Public Schools suspension rates have dropped 31 percent over the past two years, according to data collected by the district. However, certain groups of students continue to be suspended at a disproportionate rate. … Students who qualified for free and reduced-price lunch accounted for 88 percent of all district suspensions, while only making up 56 percent of the student population. Students qualifying for special education accounted for 36 percent of all district suspensions while only making up 14 percent of the district’s student population. … In 2016-17, there were 55 violent incidents that resulted in injury of some kind. Thirty-four of those cases ended in suspension or expulsion. “We continue to suspend students when the behavior is this type of serious nature,” Jordan said. … Elementary-aged students continued to make up the bulk of district suspensions. Partly that’s because roughly half of all district students are in an elementary grade, said Brain Melody, a director of elementary education. ...