For many students, school suspensions simply make no sense. At the end of the day, that same student who was suspended could have just stayed home. In October, the Boston Student Advisory Council conducted its fifth annual Listening Project, collecting data about school discipline. Among the key findings from the survey of over 240 students:Read more…
- 60% said they felt their race, ethnicity, physical appearance, gender, gender expression, sexuality, sexual identity, disability, or English Language Learner status influenced how often they get disciplined at school;
- 75% said they think out-of-school suspension is not effective as a disciplinary tactic;
- 60% think out-of-school suspension should end entirely as a disciplinary tactic;
- 50% did no t know how disciplinary hearings work at their school. In many cases, schools are supposed to try alternatives before suspending or expelling students.