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(WASHINGTON) — New data from the Departments of Education and Justice shed light on racial discrepancies in America’s public schools.

Hoping to get to the bottom of what he calls the “school to prison pipeline,” Attorney General Eric Holder points to a wide racial disparity in public school discipline.

Holder says the gap begins in preschool. Black children make up 18% of public preschool students, but also nearly half of those who’ve been suspended while in pre-k.

Overall, the data say black students are three times more likely to be expelled than whites.

Holder said in response to the report, “Every data point represents a life impacted, a future potentially diverted or derailed, and a young man or woman who was placed at increased likelihood of becoming involved with the criminal justice system.”

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