DPS expulsions, suspensions down but racial disparities in discipline remain, report says

Denver Public Schools is expelling and suspending fewer students than in the past, according to a new report by the group Padres y Jovenes Unidos. The number of times students are referred to law enforcement is also decreasing, though the group notes that racial disparities still exist. Black and Latino students continue to be punished more harshly than white students, its report says.
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