Federal school report highlights Mississippi racial disparities in education

March 24, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country. […]

Feds, Miss. school reach deal over punishment

March 27, 2013 in Top Stories

) The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that it has reached a deal with a Mississippi school district to end discriminatory disciplinary practices in which black students face harsher punishment than whites for similar misbehavior.

The agreement comes after a lengthy federal investigation that found that black public school students in Meridian are five times more likely than whites to be suspended from classes and often got longer suspensions for comparable misbehavior.