Newton Public Schools suspended about 30 percent fewer students during the 2014-15 school year, below, Wicked Local Newton’s Jonathan Dame reports.


The district suspended black and Latino students, students with disabilities, high-needs students and low-income students at disproportionately high rates, mirroring trends observed statewide.

The out-of-school suspension rate dropped from 4.9 percent to 1.3 percent for black students; from 4.2 percent to 1.5 percent for economically disadvantaged students, and from 4 percent to 1.7 percent for students with disabilities.

The out-of-school suspension rate for white students, meanwhile, dropped from 1.1 to 0.5 percent.

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