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Report: Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis

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BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION, PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, EDUCATION, secondary education, REFORM, school improvement

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SCHOOL:Inquiry on Education in Schooling

Authors

Losen, Daniel J. and Skiba, Russell J.

Published

2010 , 9/15/2010

Abstract

Since the early 1970s, out-of-school suspension rates have escalated dramatically. In part, the higher use of out-of-school suspension reflects the growth of policies such as “zero tolerance,” an approach to school discipline that imposes removal from school for a broad array of school code violations - from violent behavior to truancy and dress code violations. In order to better understand the issues of efficacy and fairness in the use of out-of-school suspension, we first must answer two questions: How frequently is suspension being used in our schools? Are there significant differences in the frequency of suspension when we look at subgroups of children by race/ethnicity and gender? This report is designed to help answer these questions.

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