All kids need opportunity and belonging to succeed.

Yet discriminatory practices in Special Education placement and school discipline are excluding students of color—especially African American children—from Minnesota classrooms at an alarming rate.

Join us to build racial justice in MN classrooms and support all students for success.

All kids need opportunity and belonging to succeed.

Yet discriminatory practices in Special Education placement and school discipline are excluding students of color—especially African American children—from Minnesota classrooms at an alarming rate.

Join us to build racial justice in MN classrooms and support all students for success.

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How race dictates fate in Minnesota schools

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Dis/ability has become a
sanctioned form of segregation

The numbers are staggering and the disparity is clear: In Minnesota schools, students of color are more likely to be placed in special education classrooms and restrictive settings than their white counterparts.

American Indian students are more than X times more likely to be identified with a disability than their peers.

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American Indian students are more than 4 times more likely to be identified with a disability than their peers.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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Black students are more than X times more likely to be placed in restrictive special education.

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Black students are more than 6 times more likely to be placed in restrictive special education.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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9% of students are Hispanic and Latinx, but they make up about X% of students in special education.

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Hispanic and Latinx students make up about 15% of students in special education.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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68% of students are white, but they make up only X% of the students in special education.

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White students make up about 12% of students in special education.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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"The lighter the skin,
the lighter the discipline"

Suspensions and expulsions disproportionately affect students of color in Minnesota schools. When punishment varies widely by race, as it does in our state, the achievement differences between students of color and white students can be partially explained by their likelihood to experience exclusionary discipline.

Black students are X times more likely than white students to be expelled or suspended.

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Black students are 8 times more likely than white students to be expelled or suspended.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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Black/African American, non-Hispanic students constitute 10% of the Minnesota student population. Yet, they make up X% of disciplinary incidents.

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Black/African American, non-Hispanic students make up 42% of disciplinary incidents.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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American-Indian students were x times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white peers.

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American-Indian students were 10 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white peers.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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White, non-Hispanic students constitute 69% of the Minnesota student population, but they only accounted for X% of disciplinary incidents.

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White, non-Hispanic students accounted for 38% of disciplinary incidents.

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Source: 2015-2016 Minnesota Department of Education Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) data
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Implicit bias and racist practices in Minnesota schools are excluding students from the classroom at an alarming rate—and they're funneling students into a criminal justice system where they are locked out of opportunities to build the future they deserve.

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