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Groups Seek to Transform School Discipline in Washington State

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SOUTHEAST SEATTLE – Next week, the League of Education Voters will team up with Washington Appleseed and TeamChild to host SUSPENDED: Out of School, Out of Luck, a community event on transforming school discipline.

The event is scheduled for Thur., Feb. 21, from 7 to 8:30pm at the New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave. S.). The evening will begin with a 6 pm reception and resource fair. The event is free and open to the public. Register here.

Attendees will hear the results of the joint Washington Appleseed/ TeamChild report Reclaiming Students: The Educational and Economic Costs of Exclusionary Discipline in Washington state. Released in November of 2012, the report, found several disturbing trends, including;

  • Students in Washington state missed over 70,000 days of school in the 2009-2010 school year due to exclusionary discipline practices like expulsion.
  • Students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities are far more likely to be removed from class and/or suspended.
  • Suspensions add up. Many students with a pattern of discipline problems lose credits, fail courses and fall behind in school due to their time out of class.

There will also be a legislative update on the status of bills in the Washington legislature to transform school discipline.

5 comments on “Groups Seek to Transform School Discipline in Washington State

  1. Public schools need to be more creative when it comes to discipline. There are inherent bias in the disciplinary system which feeds the school to prison pipeline. Glad to see a major organization is taking this problem seriously.

  2. This is a real problem with a simple solution. In School Suspension. Suspended kids report to the ISS room where they are delivered their work and can keep up with their class mates. Kids don’t get left behind, plus ISS is a real deterrent cause no on wants to spend 8 hours stuck in that room staring at the walls.

  3. @CBO
    Awesome. Kind of like the movie Breakfast club, minus the soundtrack and unattentive teacher?, pricipal?

    I think it’s a great idea.

  4. I’m surprised Seattle Public schools /don’t/ have ISS in place. Tacoma Public schools enacted ISS in the mid-’80s and it was a horrifying prospect to the kids most likely to get suspended, because suspension was just seen as a vacation from school. I don’t know if Tacoma still does that, but while it was in effect, word of this fresh hell spread quickly amongst the student body.

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