Educators remove over 3.45 million students from school annually for disciplinary reasons, despite strong evidence that school suspension policies are harmful to our most vulnerable students. The new research presented in this volume demonstrates that today's profound inequities in educational opportunity and outcomes are exacerbated by disciplinary policies and practices that schools control directly. Part I expolres the connections between suspensions and negative academic and life outcomes that flow along lines of race, gender, and disability status. Part II examines potential remedies that show great promise, including a district-wide investment in social and emotional learning strategies in Cleveland, Ohio.
Closing the School Discipline Gap is a call for action that focuses on an area in which public schools can make powerful improvements in a relatively short period of time.
This book: shows the academic and social costs of excessive disciplinary exclusion; examines school policies and practices that lead generations of African-American and Latino youth into the school-to-prison pipeline; offers evidence-based interventions for reducing excessive and disparate out-of-school suspensions; and connects the research presented to real changes that can be made to federal, state, and district policies.