A groundbreaking new study, conducted by the Center for Community Alternatives, a New York-based organization that advocates on behalf of students who have had prior court involvement, found that half of all high schools disclose disciplinary information as requested, at least in some cases.
Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement
The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, has released an unprecedented statewide study of nearly 1 million Texas public secondary school students, followed for at least six years. Among its startling findings are that the majority of students were suspended or expelled between seventh to twelfth grade.
Funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundations, this study also found that when students are suspended or expelled, the likelihood that they will repeat a grade, not graduate, and/or become involved in the juvenile justice system increases significantly. African-American students and children with particular educational disabilities who qualify for special education were suspended and expelled at especially high rates.
To browse an online version of the report, click on the cover below and scroll through the pages using the arrow buttons on the sides. A link to download the pdf is included below the online version of the report.
A briefing to present the findings of the Texas study, conducted by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, was held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The event also featured a discussion by Texas stakeholders about strategies to keep schools safe and reduce high rates of suspension and expulsion.
Download the Press Release: New Report on How School Discipline Relates to Academic and Juvenile Justice Outcomes (.pdf)
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The first in an ongoing series of national studies by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Right Project.Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation School Discipline conference, Feb. 2012.
CSG Justice Center Research Director Tony Fabelo featured on research panel.
A recent report released by the National Council on Disability examines the policies and practices that push the nation’s schoolchildren, especially those most at risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
The state has low overall suspension rates, but it still has disparities in which students are getting sent home.
A growing number of judges are diverting students from the courtroom to avoid the unintended consequences detailed in a 2006 study: specifically, that students arrested at their high schools are twice as likely to drop out of school and four times as likely to drop out if they appear in court.
We should all be heartened that Muskegon County (MI) is not giving up on its kids, and we call on educators and community leaders to keep moving forward on finding creative solutions.