Saturday, February 23, 2008

School Suspensions Spike

School suspensions spiked and hit near record levels last school year, according to a new analysis by Advocates for Children and Youth. Records were broken in Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties, and the number of students receiving multiple suspensions increased. Racial disparities reached new highs. The negative trend demonstrates the need to expand effective alternatives like Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Governor O’Malley proposed statewide expansion of PBIS as a candidate, and The Baltimore Sun recently endorsed PBIS. Some schools are adding mental services to PBIS, a far better solution for students with extra needs than segregating students in separate schools.

For the full analysis, click here. For the Technical Appendix, click here

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