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How Have the New Orleans School Reforms Affected Student Discipline?

Mónica Hernández

Date & Time
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
12:00–1:00 pm
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 700

The post-Kat­ri­na school reforms led to a high­ly decen­tral­ized New Orleans school sys­tem where char­ter lead­ers have auton­o­my over what hap­pens in their schools, includ­ing their dis­ci­pline poli­cies. Some argue that dis­ci­pline is impor­tant to the school cul­ture and that these deci­sions should be made by school lead­ers who know their stu­dents best. Oth­ers have expressed con­cern that char­ter con­trol over dis­ci­pline may have led to a rise in expul­sions and sus­pen­sions. This study pro­vides evi­dence on these var­i­ous con­cerns by inves­ti­gat­ing how the New Orleans reforms affect­ed expul­sion and sus­pen­sion rates.

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