Suspending students from school can make them more likely to leave altogether, feeling that no adult cared enough to understand their struggles or provide the support they need, according to a study published Wednesday.
“Disciplined and Disconnected” adds to the steady pileup of reports that raise questions about the use of “exclusionary” discipline practices such as expulsion and suspension in U.S. schools. A recent analysis of federal civil-rights data, for instance, showed that students of color and those in special education are disproportionately subjected to out-of-school suspension. A 2013 study of Florida students found that 9th graders who received out-of-school suspensions were less likely to graduate from high school.
What the new study adds to the conversation is the voices of students themselves. It was conducted by…