Districts throughout the country, are focusing upon the need to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
Research is showing, however, that “schools with higher rates of school suspension and expulsion appear to have less satisfactory ratings of school climate, less satisfactory school governance structures, and to spend a disproportionate amount of time on disciplinary matters.” In addition, “Recent research indicates a negative relationship between the use of school suspension and expulsion and school-wide academic achievement, even when controlling for demographics such as socioeconomic status.” (Are Zero Tolerance Policies Effective in the Schools? An Evidentiary Review and Recommendations, A Report by the American Psychological Association Zero Tolerance Task Force)
We have partner school districts around the country that are providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students, and at the same time minimizing the number of expulsions. Not only do these strategies maintain a sound learning situation for all students, but they serve to keep those young people who might have been expelled connected to the school and in a learning environment. All too often expelled students do not obtain a high school diploma, have few or no job skills, do not become contributing
citizens, and instead, become a part of the justice system.