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National report says minority students punished more often, but some local schools avoid pitfalls

posted Mar 10, 2012, 9:06 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Mar 10, 2012, 9:14 PM ]

Pedro Garcia, a professor of education at USC who has served as the superintendent of school districts in West Covina and Nashville, said much of the discrepancy is the result of teachers having a "short fuse" when it comes to misbehavior by minority students.

He said it's often the case that minority students have trouble connecting with teachers who don't share their background.

"Part of that is that we don't have enough minorities in education," Garcia said. "There is research that indicates that when kids have role models and they connect with people that look like them, their behavior is better, their attendance is better and performance is better."

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