Matt Lackritz – WSAZTV —News Story

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A new report shown to the West Virginia State Board of Education is showing some groups of students are suspended at higher rates than others.

According to the WVBOE, of the nearly 70,000 student suspensions during the 2022 school year, black students, students from low-income homes, foster homes, homeless students, and those with disabilities are all suspended more frequently.

Director of Leadership and Development Drew McClanahan said they’re working toward finding solutions.

“We saw a very large disproportionate rate of suspensions for foster care students,” he said. “For instance, 78% of foster care students that were referred for school discipline were suspended. We see similar traits with black students.”