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Minority students get more discipline, less math in Nev. schools
by Tribune Staff
Mar 22, 2012 | 632 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS — Statistics released March 6 by the U.S. Department of Education reveal that minority students in Nevada receive disproportionate disciplinary sanctions and are underrepresented in advanced math and science classes.

“The obvious underrepresentation of Nevada’s minority students in key science and math courses, and taking the SAT/ACT exams continues to show that school districts are not doing enough in terms of encouraging (and not discouraging) minority students to take these important steps in their education,” said Dane S. Claussen, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. “Likewise, the overrepresentation of minorities among Nevada students who are suspended or expelled raises concerns about due process and equal protection guarantees in school discipline.”

Claussen noted that the latest U.S. Department of Education data does not address other important statistics, such as dropouts, GPAs at graduation, teenage pregnancies, homelessness among students or college enrollment totals.

The ACLU of Nevada’s complete press release is online at http://aclunv.org/press/minority-students-nevada-public-schools.
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