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Important Analysis Of Schools With Fewer Suspensions Makes Important Points, As Well As Highlighting Gaps

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John Fensterwald tweeted out this important article today headlined What do schools with low student suspension rates have in common?

It’s a good summary of a pretty in-depth analysis of 33 Denver schools.

Some of the common elements this schools with lower-suspension rates are ones you’d expect – emphases on relationship-building, culturally responsive teaching, and explicit discussions about race.

This was the point that was disappointing (for an urban high school teacher like me) to read:

Younger students, more integrated. Of the 33 schools, 58 percent were elementary schools and 58 percent were traditional district-run schools (meaning they aren’t charter or innovation schools).

The schools also had fewer children of color and fewer low-income children than other DPS schools, making them more racially and economically integrated.

An average of 61 percent of students at those 33 schools were children of color, as compared to the district average of 78 percent. An average of 56 percent were eligible for federally subsidized lunches, an indicator of poverty, as opposed to the district average of 74 percent.

The schools also had fewer English language learners and students with disabilities.

It would be nice to read some data about success stories from schools like the one where I teach and where we are working very hard to reduce suspensions.

Are you aware of research  similar to the Denver study, but focusing on high schools that are very high-poverty and a  population of almost entirely  students of color and large numbers of ELLs?

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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