ERIC Number: ED227544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
School Discipline: Policy, Procedures, and Potential Discrimination--A Study of Disproportionate Representation of Minority Pupils in School Suspensions.
Campbell, Esther L.; And Others
A study conducted in a newly desegregated school system during its first year of reorganization revealed that black students were being suspended at a substantially higher rate than white students. The study also indicated that suspension rates were disproportionately high for males, for students from families receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and for students in the bottom quartiles of their classes. The study further revealed that while suspension rates for blacks were disproportionately high in cases depending on teachers' judgment calls, suspension rates for blacks were comparable to those of whites in cases involving unambiguous violations of rules (for example, in cases in which classes were cut). Correlation analysis of the data substantiated the hypothesis that race was not a primary variable in the suspension of students in the district. The researchers conclude that singling out one variable (such as race) when examining disproportional application of disciplinary measures may be counterproductive. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 1982).