** HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EDT ON FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014 ** FILE - In this March 14, 2014, file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to reporters during briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools, and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades. Data to be released Friday, March 21, 2014, by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds that black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students suspended more than once. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child. "It is clear that the United States has a great distance to go to meet our goal of providing opportunities for
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