Despite a stated interest in moving away from harsh disciplinary practices, local schools continue to suspend students at high and unequal rates, according to a report released Thursday by The Children’s Agenda.
The report is titled Solutions Not Suspensions, which is also the name of a bill in the state Legislature addressed to the same concerns.
Among its key findings:
“Suspension and expulsion are harmful and ineffective as a disciplinary practice,” said Eamonn Scanlon, education policy director at The Children’s Agenda and lead author of the report. “We also know suspensions deepen the inequities that already exist in our society.”
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.