IN THE MEDIA: Are there racial disparities among suspended students in Winnipeg schools?

Students walking in the hallway


Trustees in Winnipeg are asking Winnipeg School Division officials to break down 2018-19 suspension data by race, inspired by an eye-opening 2017 study that revealed nearly half of all expelled students in a Toronto school board are black, even though they make up around 11 per cent of the student body.

The study on the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) revealed an important link between suspensions, and education. Disciplined students were more likely to be from minority groups, and suspended students were more likely to earn fewer credits than non-suspended students.

York University professor and current Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, Carl James says “it's important to realize the role that race plays in the assumptions made about students and how they're treated.”

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