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Black Students More Likely to Be Disciplined, Survey Finds

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Black students face a greater chance of being disciplined than their peers in public schools, new data from the Department of Education suggests.

A survey of 72,000 schools serving 85 percent of the U.S. found that black school children accounted for 35 percent of those who had been suspended once, even though they made up only 18 percent of the students sampled.  The percentage jumped to 46 among those who had been suspended more than once and to 39 among those who had been expelled.

Compared to their white classmates, black students were found to be three-and-a-half times more likely to be suspended or expelled.

American Civil Liberties Union senior legislative counsel Deborah Vagins, who pushed for the data's release, said, "There's several concerns that are happening in our nation's schools, not just school discipline, but obviously also the re-segregation of schools.  Our schools are becoming more and more racially isolated."

And, as she explained, this can be detrimental to a student's performance.

"Data shows that the more racially isolated students are, the worse it is for their academic achievement," Vagins said.

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Study: Reputation Can Be Deadly for Whites in 'Honor States'

Southern and western states have a "culture of honor" that focus on aggressively protecting a person's own reputation, and new research links this cultural phenomenon to a higher rate of accidental deaths in these states. (Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images)(NORMAN, Okla.) -- White people living in certain states might be more likely to die from accidents because these states have a so-called "honor culture," according to new studies published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. In an honor culture, there is a strong emphasis on preserving a person's reputation.

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma found that white men and women living in southern and western states are more likely to engage in risky behavior that leads to accidental death. Based on previous research on the honor culture, the authors say, the District of Columbia and the following states are considered honor states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

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