Blad, E. (2017, December 06). Here’s What Happened When a District Changed Its Policy on Suspensions.

In recent years, states and districts around the country have changed their policies to limit student suspensions for vague, sometimes minor, infractions like “defiance” and “disruption.” Their aim is to reduce the use of suspensions overall and to cut back on disproportionately high suspension rates for black and Hispanic students. The argument is that poorly defined infractions are interpreted subjectively by teachers, opening the door for implicit bias to affect discipline rates. What one teacher sees as punishable defiant behavior may be seen differently by another, they’ve argued, especially when there’s a racial mismatch between the student and the teacher.

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