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Report: Black Students 3 Times More Likely to be Expelled

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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones formed a task force last year after a report surfaced saying black students are three times more likely to be expelled.

The task force laid out ten recommendations and the district is putting them into action.

As for why black students are three times more likely to be expelled, the school district is reviewing everything from the way teachers discipline students to how students behave.

At the tenth annual African-American Student Leadership Conference, education is king.

"I feel it's important because like academics, knowledge is power," said Stanley Blake Jr., an advanced technology senior.

He is using his education to push him to higher heights.

"I've narrowed it down to two choices, either Pepperdine University or Xavier University," he said.

Stanley said he has never faced disciplinary action, but a Vanderbilt University study said 43 percent of CCSD students who are black were expelled in 2009.

The study reveals that black students in Clark County are also two times more likely to be suspended over white students.

"We want our schools to be safe, but at the same time, we want to have a nice level of equity to say that when we are administering discipline, it's administered in a fair and compassionate way across all groups," Jones said.

Jones said it's a matter of disciplinary actions but also student responsibility.

His advisory committee made ten recommendations, including a moratorium on suspensions, training for teachers to understand cultural differences, early intervention and expulsion alternatives.

"This is just not a school problem, this is not a parent problem," CCSD Trustee Linda Young said. "This is just not one organization; it's a whole group of what I call the village."

As for Stanley, he said he hopes his peers focus less on a report and more on their future.

"Young black men really need, and females need, to come together and really realize and open their eyes to what is out there for us, because there's a lot of opportunities," he said.

The school board is expected to publicly weigh in on the recommendations on March 6. After that, a plan is scheduled to be mapped out on how to specifically implement each action.

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