Nonwhite students are suspended at the highest rate from Arizona schools, data shows

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Arizona students are more likely to be suspended from school if they aren't white. 

Black and Native American students are suspended from Arizona schools at higher rates than white students, according to an analysis by The Arizona Republic of the most recent federal discipline data.

The disparities are the most stark for black students. While 5% of the state's students are black, they accounted for 13% of all out-of-school suspensions for the 2015-2016 school year. While 5% of the state's students are Native American, they accounted for 9% of all out-of-school suspensions for the 2015-2016 school year. 

That imbalance in punishment is flipped for white students. While white students made up 40% of the student population in 2015-2016, they accounted for 29% of out-of-school suspensions, according to the federal data.

Hispanic students were punished proportionate to their population, but at a slightly higher rate than white students . . .

For the full story by Lily Altavena follow the link below to azcentral.com.