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Understanding the black–white school discipline gap

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  • Kinsler, Josh
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    At state and national levels, black students are more likely to be suspended from school, and conditional on misbehavior, receive stiffer penalties when compared with white students. Racial bias is often cited as a primary contributor to these gaps. Using infraction data from North Carolina, I investigate gaps in punishment within and across schools, and explore how student–teacher and student–principal race interactions affect discipline. I find a significant statewide gap in discipline that is largely generated by cross-school variation in punishment. In addition, there is little evidence that black students are treated differentially according to teacher or principal race.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 1370-1383

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:30:y:2011:i:6:p:1370-1383

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    Keywords: Out of school suspension; Racial bias;

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    1. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Sonja C. Kassenboehmer & Trinh Le & Duncan McVicar & Rong Zhang, 2013. "Is There an Educational Penalty for Being Suspended from School?," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2013n36, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    2. Stephen B. Billings & David J. Deming & Jonah E. Rockoff, 2012. "School Segregation, Educational Attainment and Crime: Evidence from the end of busing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg," NBER Working Papers 18487, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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