A pupil is racially abused every hour in Birmingham's schools, according to shock figures obtained by The Birmingham Post.
A total of 1,498 racist incidents against pupils were reported to the local education authority during the 192-day academic year.
A further 142 cases of racism against teachers were recorded during 2004/05 - equivalent to more than three each week.
The figures represent an increase of 199 on the previous year.
Last night Birmingham's only ethnic minority MP, Khalid Mahmood, described the figures as "hugely disturbing" while the Commission for Racial Equality said they confirmed "the urgency" with which racism in schools needed to be tackled.
But Birmingham City Council insisted the number of children affected was relatively small.
Mr Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr) said: "To see that kind of reporting in schools is hugely disturbing. It is difficult for me to comprehend. I think we need to look more into where that racism is. Whether it is purely black and white or inter-community racism as well.
"All these factors need to be looked at. The underlying trend is very worrying and I would like to see proper programmes undertaken by the LEA in conjunction with schools and the Department for Education and Skills to address these issues."
Mr Mahmood said he was seeking a meeting with Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Education, Coun Les Lawrence (Con Northfield), to discuss what action the authority was taking.
The Commission for Racial Equality said: "These statistics confirm the urgency with which racist incidents in schools need to be tackled.
"It is important for schools to collate details of racist incidents so that they can develop a co- ordinated approach to ensure pupils and school staff can learn and work in a safe environment."
Birmingham City Council was unable to provide a breakdown of victims, perpetrators and which schools had the highest incidents of racism. But the raw data reveals 475 cases against pupils reported during the 2004 autumn term.
The majority were likely to be pupils against pupils, said the authority, though a minority may be parents against pupils and even teachers.
During the same period, 55 episodes of racial abuse were recorded against teachers.
For the 2005 spring term, there were 507 cases of racial abuse against pupils and 47 against staff. And in the final summer term last year, there were 516 incidents against pupils and 40 against staff.
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: "We have zero tolerance to racism in schools and every incident involving race is investigated and necessary action is taken in all cases."
He added: "While we are determined to reduce the number of incidents, any interpretation of the statistics needs to recognise that in Birmingham we have 180,000 pupils, 10,000 teachers and almost 500 schools."
During the 2003/04 academic year there were 1441 racist incidents recorded in Birmingham's schools. Of these, 1,308 were against pupils and 133 against staff.