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NC looks to lower rate of school suspensions

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An average of 1 of out every six North Carolina high school students gets suspended from school, a figure that has observers worried about student achievement and racial bias.

A march and rally scheduled for Saturday in Raleigh are aimed at drawing attention to diversity issues in Wake County schools. Participants say school discipline is a major concern, too.

It's also a statewide issue. The Department of Public Instruction says there were more than four suspensions for every 10 black students in 2008-2009. That's compared with less than one suspension for every 10 white students.

Rebecca Garland, chief academic officer for the DPI, says the state is working with local districts on ways to reduce the number of suspensions.

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