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Report: Discipline and Diplomas: Keeping Students at Their Desks

Categories

STUDENTS, African American, behavior intervention, dropout prevention, alternatives to suspension, juvenile justice, struggling learners, dropouts/pushouts, belonging, learning

Areas

STATE:Leadership for Learning/Governance & Leadership for Equity/Inclusive Leadership for Equity & Accountability

Authors

Waite, Cyndi

Published

April 24, 2014

Publisher

Alliance for Excellent Education

Abstract

In an address to the nation, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, acknowledged that under current school discipline policies across the nation, students of color and those with disabilities are far more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white counterparts. According to the Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline, African American students are three times more likely to be suspended than white students, even when they commit similar offenses. The new guidance encourages states to amend policies that target specific students and to abandon zero-tolerance policies that suspend or expel students, even on their first offense, in schools.

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