High rate of black male school suspensions in WVa
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal report shows that nearly one-third of West Virginia's black male students were suspended at least once, the highest rate in the nation.
The report Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm shows that nationwide, black students were more likely to be suspended from U.S. public officials. The report covered the 2011-12 school year.
The national figure for black male students was 20 percent, compared to 32 percent in West Virginia.
For black female students, the number in West Virginia was also higher than the national average, but just barely: 12 percent nationally, vs. 14 percent in West Virginia.
For white male students, the suspension rate in West Virginia (4 percent) was lower than the national average (6 percent).