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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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