Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Calls for Hearing on School Discipline Disparities

In the wake of revelations of high suspension rates at certain Boston schools, City Councilor Tito Jackson filed a hearing order to examine disparities in the administration of school discipline in the Boston Public Schools.

The Bay State Banner reported that black students in Boston receive suspensions at a much higher rate than whites. While 1.1 percent of white students in Boston received suspensions in 2014, 7.6 percent of blacks and 4.4 percent of Latinos received suspensions, according to data released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.

“Boston is home to most of the highest-suspending charter schools in the state,” said LCCR’s Matthew Cregor to the Banner. “They’re among the highest-suspending schools in the state.”