Decade after protests, racial discipline gap widens in Illinois schools

Sunday, November 22, 2009 | 6:47 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In the decade since mass protests over the punishment of six black students in Decatur, the state's racial gap in discipline has split wide open. It's such a gaping hole that now more than half of all Illinois children suspended from public schools are black, even though they represent less than one-fifth of the enrollment, according to an Associated Press analysis.