Reforming School Discipline Policies

Girls of color experience disproportionately high rates of school suspensions. Black girls are suspended at higher rates (12%) than girls of any other race or ethnicity and at higher rates than white boys (6%) and white girls (2%). American Indian/Alaska Native girls are also suspended at rates that exceed those of white students.  By adopting supportive school discipline practices, schools foster success for all students and increase the likelihood that students will stay engaged and stay in school.

Solutions:

– Enhance public awareness about exclusionary school discipline, including how it disproportionately affects girls of color.

– Take action to eliminate the sexual abuse to prison pipeline

– Enforce Title IX and ensure that resources are readily available to students

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