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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.
Smith interviews conservative state senate candidate Jason \"Molotov\" Mitchell, who is the only Republican candidate running against John Stein for the state senate in District 16. Mitchell says he got his nickname for \"his incendiary views.\" A former straight-edge punk rocker and avowed Christian fundamentalist, he considers himself a Ron Paul Republican. A maker of political videos and an Internet pundit, he plans, if elected, to move the state senate farther right.