A new study says African American male students are more harshly punished than other students in California for the same offenses. Researchers at both UCLA and San Diego State found almost 13-percent of African American boys were suspended or expelled last school year compared to only about three-and-a-half-percent of students overall.
The researchers say it's clear black boys and young men are unfairly singled out for punishment, which increases the chance they'll drop out and end up in the criminal justice system. The study calls on school districts to address unconscious bias and the perception black males are troublemakers.
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