BRIDGEPORT - A new study by the U.S. Department of Education shows that black students are more likely to be suspended from school than their peers.

The report includes a database of rates for school districts nationwide.

Numbers for districts and schools throughout southwestern Connecticut show that a disproportionate number of African-American students in Park City have been suspended.

Data of Bridgeport from the U.S. Department of Education says close to four out of 10 kids that are suspended both in-school and out-of-school are African-American.

Overall, the study shows that black students of all ages are suspended and expelled three times more than white children.

What lies between the numbers is what they might tell us about other figures, like incarceration rates, unemployment numbers and dropout rates.

Executive Director of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition Mary Pat Healy says that the data can help reverse the trend, especially among males.