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Originally published Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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Feds look into discipline rates in Seattle schools

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating the rate at which black students are disciplined in Seattle schools.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating the rate at which black students are disciplined in Seattle schools.

Department spokesman Jim Bradshaw confirmed Tuesday that officials are looking into whether the district discriminates against black students by disciplining them more frequently and more severely than white students. The investigation began last May.

Seattle public radio station KUOW-FM first reported about the investigation ( http://is.gd/PbyZUg).

A Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman said she had no immediate comment.

According to district data, last year the rate of short-term suspensions for black high school students was about 13 percent; for whites, it was 4 percent. The district has long been aware of the disparity, and recently held community meetings that addressed its discipline rates.

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