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How Do School Disciplinary Practices Vary Based on Student Demographics?

Nathan Barrett

Date & Time
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
12:00–1:00 pm
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 700
Conference Room 760

In the United States, low-income students and students of color are suspended and expelled from school at much higher rates than their peers. Studies also show that these exclusionary discipline practices are at least correlated with numerous negative outcomes for students. In this study, we attempt to answer the following questions using data throughout the state of Louisiana: To what degree do the overall disparities arise between districts, between schools within districts, and between students involved in specific incidents? This analysis is the first of its kind in trying to understand why disciplinary disparities emerge.

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