Study: Students With Disabilities More Often Suspended At Charter Schools

Continuing the discoveries of discrimination suffered by children, students, and adults with disabilities:

In a first-of-its-kind report, authored by Shaun Heasley, in “DisabilityScoop,” a study shows students in charter schools, who are suffering some disability, are being suspended at a rate higher than typical children in public schools.

When discipline records in nearly 5,000 schools were studied at the University of California, it was found that there are great disparities in all grades, according to a report from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project.

“It’s disturbing to see so many of these schools still reporting such high suspension rates because that indicates charter leaders continue to pursue ‘broken windows,’ ‘no excuses’ and other forms of ‘zero tolerance’ discipline,” said Daniel Losen, the study’s lead author. “And we know from decades of research that frequently suspending children from school is counterproductive.”

“The high-suspending charters need not look very far to find much lower suspending charter schools,” Losen said. “So these findings elevate the need for oversight of charter schools and a continuing review for possible civil rights violations. There should be no excuses for charter schools that fail to comply with civil rights laws.”

It is a sad commentary on our educational system and indeed, our social structure, when children and adults have to be faced with, and suffer, the prejudice and ignorance of citizens who should know better.

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4 responses to “Study: Students With Disabilities More Often Suspended At Charter Schools

  1. Charter schools are no different from the private prison scams. Just a way to siphon off tax dollars into pockets of the friends of Congress.

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  2. Surprising? Not at all. Sad, certainly but not at all surprising.

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  3. One of the reasons charter schools sprang up was to offer an alternative way of learning. It has been considered a life line for students having issues with the traditional public school’s way of teaching. Seems like the teachers need to be trained to specifically work in a charter school environment. Until that happens, as usual, it is the student who suffers.

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