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Posted: Jan 8, 2014 3:28 PM

Updated: Jan 8, 2014 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are disciplined for breaking school rules.

Government civil rights data show black students without disabilities are more than three times likelier than whites to be expelled or suspended. Critics say that creates a "school-to-prison" pipeline because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.

Beverly Hutton of the National Association of Secondary School Principals said a Council of State Governments study of 1 million Texas students was a turning point in the debate.

Topics: School Discipline

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