High suspension and expulsion rates driven by discriminatory, ineffective school policies

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Group says driven by discriminatory, ineffective school policies and practices, not bad kids

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Advancement Project is proud to be represented among the 26 nationally recognized experts from the social science, education and legal fields who have compiled and analyzed a compelling body of recent research challenging the use of overly harsh and discriminatory school disciplinary policies that remove students from the classroom. The report follows the issuance in January of new federal guidance on school discipline policies and practices, outlining the civil rights obligations that all school systems face in administering discipline.

The group, known as the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, was launched in 2011 through The Equity Project at Indiana University with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundations. The Collaborative has met frequently since then to compile and review recent school discipline research.

The Collaborative found clear evidence that students of color, particularly African-Americans, and students with disabilities are suspended at hugely disproportionate rates compared to White students, perpetuating racial and educational inequality across the country. LGBT students also are over-represented in suspension.

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