Texas study finds widespread occurrence of student suspensions

July 19, 2011
Report says that over 6 years, nearly 60 percent of students in secondary grades were suspended or expelled

From The San Antonio Express-News: Nearly 60 percent of public junior high school and high school students in Texas get suspended or expelled, according to a study by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Public Policy Research Institute of Texas A&M University. Researchers tracked about 1 million Texas children over six years. More than 30 percent of students in grades 7 to 12 received out-of-school suspension, which averaged two days. About 15 percent were suspended or expelled at least 11 times, and nearly half of those ended up in the juvenile justice system. Most students who experienced multiple suspensions or expulsions do not graduate, the study says.

Download the entire report, "Breaking School Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates To Students' Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement" (pdf file)

Read a news release summarizing the report. (pdf file)

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