In Washington, school suspension starts with kids as young as 5 years old, often beginning a downward spiral. Data show that certain children are punished again and again—missing weeks of class without a noticeable change in behavior.
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.
The new discipline policy was approved by the School Board for implementation this school year. It was designed to keep more students in class by limiting the number of behavior problems that would generate a suspension or expulsion.
Louisiana Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge, all but shelved her plan Monday to generally ban out-of-school suspensions for Louisiana’s youngest public school students.
For the first time, student discipline and graduation rates across Washington school districts can be easily compared, using new data-analysis tools unveiled Tuesday by state education officials.
A task force has been created to evaluate discipline problems in Jefferson Parish public schools and present its findings to the School Board. The Jefferson Federation of Teachers petitioned the School Board to create the panel after a union survey of school system employees found discipline to be a top concern.