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Letter: Higher suspension rates by race

Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence embraces a preschool

Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence embraces a preschool student at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis on Feb. 26, 2014. Credit: AP / Tom LoBianco

"Black preschoolers suspended more" [News, March 22] was quite disturbing. Black students are suspended and expelled three times more often than white students, and even though boys receive more than two-thirds of the suspensions, black girls are suspended more often than most boys.

Researchers have examined the role of language in minority and disadvantaged homes. Children who came from homes where the language was limited performed poorly later on. Performing poorly in school can cause frustration and more acting out.

We must do more to involve parents from disadvantaged homes in schools. We should teach enhanced parenting skills to high school students, so they can become better parents.

Starr Cline, Plainview

Editor's note: The writer is an associate professor of education at Hofstra University.