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Andres Alonso

Kicked out of preschool?

Kicked out of preschool?

The national conversation about racial disparities in school suspension and expulsion rates was amplified this week by the release of a U.S. Department of Education report showing that not only are minority students more likely to be kicked out of school for disciplinary reasons but that the discrimination starts at the very outset of their academic careers — in preschool.

A suspension or expulsion can have far-reaching consequences for students of any age, but it's particularly devastating for very young students because, in addition to depriving them of the chance to learn the basic social skills needed for success later on, it labels them "problem children" from...