Report shows racial disparity in Oklahoma's largest school districts

The U.S. Education Department released data Tuesday about civil rights and schools. Black students in Oklahoma's largest school districts are less likely to be enrolled in gifted and talented programs and more likely to be suspended, according to the report released Tuesday.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: March 7, 2012
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In Tulsa, black students constitute 34 percent of the study body but represent 76 percent of all in-school suspensions.

Asian students in Oklahoma City Public Schools make up 2.5 percent of the population but occupy 18 percent of the seats in calculus classrooms.

Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than their peers to be suspended in the Edmond district. About 12 percent of students are black, but only 8 percent of in-school suspensions and 10 percent of out-of-school suspensions are of blacks. Hispanics make up 5 percent of the study body but represent less than 1 percent of all suspensions.

In Broken Arrow, the races of students in early childhood programs nearly mirror the general student population.

About 8 percent of students in Lawton are American Indian, but Indians are underrepresented in several classes: chemistry (2 percent), physics (0 percent) and calculus (0 percent).