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Discipline, funding challenge minority children's educational success, new study finds

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 27, 2018

Discipline, funding, and enrollment are creating barriers for minority children educational success. 

on Wednesday, state data shows that black and brown youth face stricter discipline in schools, receiving suspensions at three times the rate of their white peers. Data also shows there is approximately 77,000 or 50 percent of young children ages 3 to 4 years old that are not in school.

Maryland ranks 9th in education, and 14th in overall child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a comprehensive annual study of child well-being from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that ranks all 50 states on key indicators of child well-being.

The report also indicates that 15 percent of Maryland children, roughly 53,000 kids, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 census.

If such undercounts are made the state could lose roughly $2.5 billion of federal funding for 10 children and youth-focused organizations like SNAP, CHIP, Medicare and foster/childcare.

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