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School Suspension

Get Cops Out of Classrooms

Alan Singer | Posted 11.02.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Police in schools and treating African-American and Latino students as criminals is not a uniquely South Carolina phenomenon. Since 1998, security guards in New York City schools are a division of the police department.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Why Are Kids Suspended?

Margaret Crotty | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Margaret Crotty

Rather than suspending challenging students, we should create the conditions for them to succeed.

Rebecca Klein

To Increase Test Scores, Schools Should Stop Suspending Students, Says Study | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices

To raise students’ test scores, schools should stop pushing out troublesome students, argues a new report. A recent report published in December...

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Why Some Schools Want To Expel Suspensions | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

The effectiveness of school suspensions is up for debate. California is the most recent battleground, but a pattern of uneven application and negative...

13-Year-Old Suspended After School Finds Butter Knife In Lunch

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

A Massachusetts middle school student was suspended after she brought a butter knife to school in her lunch, Fox 25 Boston reports. According to th...

It's Time for Common Sense School Discipline

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.12.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Rather than giving all of our kids an opportunity to succeed, expelling and criminalizing young people pulls the rug out from underneath them at childhood, steering them away from college or career, and redirecting them on the path of dropping out and prison.

Teen Suspended For Pink Hair Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted 10.08.2012 | Education

South Carolina mother Denise Sargent is upset that her daughter Rheanne was suspended for dying her hair pink to support National Breast Cancer Awaren...

Feds To Monitor Oakland Schools' Discipline Of Black Students

Posted 10.03.2012 | Education

The Oakland Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Education agreed last week to allow for at least five years of federal monitoring as th...

Parents And Teachers Protest Administrator Bullying, Teacher Dismissals At San Francisco Middle School

Posted 09.12.2012 | Education

A group of about 30 parents and teachers organized by the United Educators of San Francisco teachers union gathered outside Martin Luther King Jr. Aca...

New York Revises Discipline Code, Eases Up On Suspensions

Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

Under the New York Department of Education’s revised disciplinary code, public-school students can no longer be suspended for one-time, low-level in...

Solutions to High Suspension Rate for Students With Special Needs

Jessica Minahan | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Jessica Minahan

A misbehavior incident should be seen as an opportunity for the school staff to reflect on which interventions are currently in place and shore up the school supports they can lean on.

High School Students Suspended For Racist Obama Drawing

Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

Three students at Maryland's Eastern Technical High School, have been suspended after drawing a racially offensive picture involving President Barack ...

Bullying Can't Be Solved With More Bullying

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Hastily meting out consequences to satisfy a public relations problem hurts everyone and compromises the integrity of the entire school system.

Students Suspended For Senior "Prank" That Included Both Mayor And Police

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home

The last day of senior year is apparently so closely tied with malicious pranks that school officials in Walker, Mich., have suspended more than 60 st...

Middle Schooler Faces Suspension For Crazy Haircut

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education

Patrick Gonzalez, a student at Woodlake Hills Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, was given in-school suspensionfor coming to class with the likeness...

School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a report on school equity issues that revealed that minority stu­dents face "much harsher discipline" than whites in our public schools.

Whose Pink Hair Rules Rule? Parents Or Teachers?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The story of 12-year-old Brianna Moore being suspended last week for something her parents said she could do hit a little close to home for me. I have gotten my child in trouble more than once for my own behavior.

Why Suspension Makes No Sense in the Early Grades

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

In the early grades, discipline should be a teaching tool. Suspension does not teach. When it comes to young children, even one suspension is too many.

Student Allegedly Suspended For Not Reporting She Was Bullied

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.01.2012 | Education

Essance McDougald, a student at Lithonia High School in Lithonia, Ga., claims she was suspended for not reporting to school officials that she was bei...

Cancer Survivor Suspended For Growing Hair For Locks Of Love

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.30.2012 | Education

After learning a family friend's sister had been diagnosed with cancer, 17-year-old leukemia survivor J.T. Gaskins decided to grow out his hair for Lo...

Boy Suspended For Reporting Knife At School

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

Jack Persyn, 13, was in chess club before class when he discovered a short knife in the bag he brought to his Georgia school, station WXIA reports. ...

180 Suspension For 'Accidentally' Touching Teacher?

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education

Seventh grader Je'Terra Bowie has been suspended for the past month from Wilkinson Middle School in Detroit for allegedly accidentally touching her te...

Hugging His Friend Got This Boy Suspended

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education

When Nick Martinez, a 14-year-old student at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay, Fla. hugged his female best friend in between classes, he thought no...