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ERIC Number: ED524710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-5
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
School Discipline: What the Research Tells Us--Myths and Facts. NEPC Discipline Resource Sheet
Losen, Daniel J.
National Education Policy Center
This document presents a summary of the larger report "Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice." Each year, more than 3.25 million K-12 students are suspended at least once. African American students are suspended three times as often as White students--15 percent versus 5 percent. Hispanic students (7 percent) and Native American students (8 percent) are also suspended at higher rates than White students. Nationally, 28 percent of African American male middle school students and 16 percent of Hispanic male middle school students are suspended each year, compared to 10 percent of White male students. This paper presents the facts about the following myths: (1) Suspending disruptive students is necessary to make sure well-behaved students can learn; (2) Teachers need to suspend students to maintain order and safety; (3) Rising suspension rates are a necessary response to increasing school violence; (4) Students of color are suspended at higher rates because they misbehave more often; (5) Suspensions are necessary to deter future infractions; and (6) Suspensions will get parents' attention and help curb misbehavior. [To access "Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice" in ERIC please see ED524711.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, National Education Policy Center