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Suspensions, fights soar in St. Paul high schools in first quarter


Suspensions and fights rose sharply at St. Paul School District high schools in a rocky first quarter marked by several high-profile incidents.

The number of events resulting in students being disciplined jumped nearly 50 percent — from 118 in the first quarter of 2014-15 to 176 this year, according to district data.

Overall, suspensions were up nearly 60 percent, from 639 to 1,115, with more than three-quarters of the students being black, a point of concern to Superintendent Valeria Silva. About 30 percent of St. Paul’s 37,800 students were black, according to the Oct. 1, 2014, enrollment reported on the school district’s website.


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