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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Almost 69 percent of students with disabilities in Guilford County Schools are in a racial minority group, the News & Record reported.

But they account for more than 80 percent of reported discipline cases involving students with disabilities in the first months of the current school year, according to data discussed Tuesday by the Guilford County Board of Education.

The reported discipline numbers are much higher for black boys than other students with disabilities.

About 47 percent of Guilford students with disabilities are black. But black boys alone received 52 percent of the discipline referrals at the beginning of the school year.

The data also show students with disabilities make up almost 15 percent of the total student population, but almost 26 percent of discipline referrals.

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