September 15, 2018 Feature

Can the Every Student Succeeds Act Help Close the Discipline Gap?

By Nkoyo-Ene Effiong Lewis

During the 2011–2012 school year, 3.45 million students in the United States were suspended out of school.1 Taken together, these students could fill every major league baseball and football stadium combined. Of the students suspended, 1.55 million were suspended at least twice. If the average suspension is conservatively put at 3.5 days, U.S. public school children lost nearly 18 million days of instruction in one school year as a result of exclusionary discipline. During this same school year, approximately 3.5 million were suspended in school, and 130,000 students were expelled from school.2

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