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Miss. takes a hit on school punishment

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JACKSON, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - A new report from the Children's Defense Fund says black students in Mississippi's public schools are more than twice as likely as white students to be disciplined and punished.

Friday in Jackson, CDF President and Founder Marian Wright Edelman says many black students are on a school-to-prison pipeline that's undermining 50 years of civil rights progress.

CDF asked all Mississippi school districts for data on school discipline. About two-thirds provided information, while the rest didn't respond or requested prohibitive fees.

The report looks at data from 59 schools, which provided records that could be broken down by race, gender and age.

A Mississippi Department of Education spokeswoman says districts are required to report disciplinary data but the state can't release expulsion information by district so student privacy won't be compromised.

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