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Black Toddlers More Likely to be Suspended

Three-year-old Jayden Riley (center) listens as a story is read at Jo's Daycare Academy in Milwaukee, one of the Head Start programs in Milwaukee. (Courtesy: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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(AURN) -- A new study by the U.S. Education Department shows that while Black toddlers make up on 18 percent of the students enrolled in preschool nationwide they repersent nearly half of all preschoolers suspended from preschool programs.  

According to the Associated Press, Attorney General Eric Holder issued this statement in response to the report.

"This critical report shows that racial disparities in school discipline policies are not only well documented among older students, but actually begin during preschool," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "Every data point represents a life impacted and a future potentially diverted or derailed. This administration is moving aggressively to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in order to ensure that all of our young people have equal educational opportunities."

AURN's Cynthia Levy has a response from the Black educators....

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