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Discipline and Suspensions

The Los Angeles Times recently reported (June 17, 2014) that a number of school districts in Southern California counties performed above the state average for reducing discipline suspensions last year. School districts are finally beginning to understand that discipline suspensions neither improve school climate nor boost academic achievement.

The suspension declines come from a national movement to lower suspensions due to behavioral and discipline problems that have been found to imperil academic achievement and lead to more student run-ins with police. A 2013 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that just one suspension in ninth grade correlated with doubling the risk of dropping out of school and a threefold increase in the risk of involvement with the juvenile … >>>


Discipline: A Better Way than School Suspensions

On May 15, 2013, the Los Angeles Unified School District decided to ban school suspensions as a measure of discipline for defiant students. The school board directed school officials to use alternative discipline approaches instead.

Offenses such as repeatedly tapping feet on the floor, refusing to remove a hat, refusing to wear the school uniform, and refusing to turn off a cell phone are classified as discipline acts of “willful defiance” and would no longer be grounds for suspending students. The new discipline policy would make Los Angeles the first district in California to ban suspensions for willful defiance. Activities such as these account for 48% of 710,000 discipline suspensions issued … >>>