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Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice

  • Author(s): Losen, Daniel
  • et al.
Abstract

This research makes clear that unnecessarily harsh discipline policies are applied unfairly and disproportionately to minority students, dragging down academic achievement. The report documents a trend across the United States in which minority students routinely receive major penalties, including school suspensions, for minor school offenses. The materials also show how criminalizing kids detrimentally affects student learning, and criticizes the federal government’s minimal efforts to collect data in any uniform way on the large number of students kicked out of school.

Also available at http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu

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