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As suspensions served by city students have soared in the past decade, black and special education students were more likely to be kicked out of class, a new report says. Black students served more than half of the suspensions but account for just a third of city students, a new study by the New York Civil Liberties Union found. And students with disabilities were four times more likely to be suspended.
The total number of suspension served in 2008-09 was up to nearly 74,000, from roughly 44,000 in 1999-2000, the report shows. Black students were given a particularly high proportion of suspensions for "subjective" offenses - like disruptive and disrespectful behavior - accounting for 55% of suspensions, the report says.
"That reflects a predilection to target...black students with the harshest disciplinary punishments, and black students with disabilities are the most at risk sector of the student population," said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.