(The Center Square) – The percentage of African-American students and other minority groups at Tacoma Public Schools who were suspended or expelled has significantly increased since the pandemic. TPS wants to reverse this trend.

The district released the statistics during a board meeting on Oct. 27. African-American students from grades six through nine failed to reach the district’s goal of 90% of students without suspensions or expulsions last school year.

African-American students in grade six had 82% complete the school year without being suspended or expelled. Notably, that is an improvement over the 2018-2019 school year, when only 68% of black youths completed school without suspension or expulsion.

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