Where are public schools suspending students most frequently? That was one of the topics addressed earlier this week at "Rethink Discipline," a day-long conference at the White House.
The departments of Justice and Education brought together educators and administrators to discuss how to create positive school climates and establish effective discipline practices. One of the goals of the conference is to reduce schools' reliance on out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and develop positive alternatives that keep students in school.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection, more than 3 million students are suspended or expelled every year. The map below, based on data from the Civil Rights Data Collection, shows which districts impose suspensions most often.
Percent of All Students Who Have Received One or More Out-of-School Suspensions by District (2011-12)
The darker the color on the map, the greater the frequency of students' being suspended in those districts.