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Suspensions in the Durham Public Schools are disproportionately handed out to students with disabilities and minorities. According to the US Department of Education, 17 percent of those with disabilities in the system were suspended at least once during the 2009-2010 compared 8.4 percent for those without disabilities. The suspension rate is higher in secondary schools--24.3 percent. Advocates for Children's Services for Legal Aid of North Carolina has filed a complaint with the education department's Office of Civil Rights alleging that this high suspension rate discriminates against these students. The complaint is not a lawsuit. Tucker includes some steps the school system is taking to remedy the situation.