Wake Co. school suspensions down overall, but up with elementary students

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Suspensions are dropping in Wake County schools, but there are concerns about which students are being suspended.

Suspensions have dropped about 19 percent compared to five years ago.

A school board committee received a report on the suspensions Monday afternoon.

Some were concerned about a rise in suspensions among elementary school students.

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The number of suspensions increased by 416 to 2,371 last year.

Some officials are also concerned about African-American students being suspended at a higher rate than their peers.

“More needs to be done. We’re making progress. We’re seeing decreases in the numbers, but we’re not seeing decreases in the disparity,” said Keith Sutton, a member of the Wake County School Board.

Sutton asked administrators to get more info on school districts that have ended suspensions of elementary school students.

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