SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice officials are visiting multiple South Bend schools to investigate racial disparities in student discipline that leaves black students expelled and suspended at a higher rate than their white classmates.
After experts observe about seven or eight classrooms this week, the federal agency will report back to South Bend Community School Corp. officials on Friday and recommend a series of discipline methods.
The Justice Department’s probe comes after the South Bend Tribune reported in late January that black students, who make up 37% of the district’s current enrollment of about 16,500 students, are nearly five times as likely to be expelled and nearly four times as likely to be suspended.
About 26% of the district’s black students have received an out-of-school suspension,…