WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C.'s Charter Schools Look At Suspension, Expulsion Rates

Play associated audio
D.C.'s public charter schools are examining discipline alternatives after last year's suspension and expulsion numbers showed that more than 300 students were expelled for 10 days for one incident.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/airport/6331302/
D.C.'s public charter schools are examining discipline alternatives after last year's suspension and expulsion numbers showed that more than 300 students were expelled for 10 days for one incident.

Approximately 330 charter school students in the District were suspended for 10 days or more as punishment for one incident during the last academic year. Approximately 230 were expelled. 

The charter school suspension rate is approximately 1 percent and expulsion rate is a little lower. Each charter school sets its own discipline policy and students can be suspended or expelled for different reasons.

Long term suspension and expulsion can have lasting negative effects, research shows. Students who are suspended from attending school are more likely to fall behind academically and drop out. Students who drop out are more likely to be incarcerated. 

Many of D.C.'s charter schools are "reexamining their discipline policies" in light of this research, D.C. public charter school board executive director Scott Pearson said in a written statement. Alternatives to suspension include disciplining students in school through methods including counseling and conflict mediation. 

Friendship Collegiate Woodson charter school expelled the most students last year — 56 — followed by YouthBuild, which expelled 30 students and KIPP DC College Prep, which expelled 17. 

NPR

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
NPR

The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
WAMU 88.5

State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education.

NPR

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.