Every student in Minnesota has the right to an education that is free from discrimination.
In 2017, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) found that schools across the state were suspending and expelling Black students 8 times more than white students, suspending and expelling Indigenous students 10 times more than white students, and suspending and expelling students with disabilities 2 times more than students without disabilities.
For this reason, MDHR entered into agreements with 41 school districts and charter schools regarding their racial and disability disparities in their discipline practices.
The settlement agreements ended in 2021 and lasted for three school years: 2018 – 2019, 2019 – 2020, and 2020 – 2021.
This final report describes how the work began, what was learned, and next steps.