New York schools imposed out-of-school suspensions on more than 66,000 students in the 2016-17 school year — an average of at least one student a minute, every hour of the school day.
And stark racial disparities persist with Black students being disproportionately targeted for disciplinary action.
Something must change.
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THE TOLL SUSPENSIONS TAKE ON STUDENTS
“Watching people get suspended for minor things stresses you out. You think it could be you the next time.”
“It is very hard to catch up when you miss even a few days of school. They don’t make it easy for students to stay on track.”
“It just made me feel like it’s the students against the adults.”
“I didn’t feel like there was anyone at the school who would support me. It always seems to be whatever the teacher says, and no one listens to the students.”
“Once I came back, it was sort of hard to catch up. You lose out on the time. You lose out on the lessons. You just lose those days.”
“At the school I go to if you get in trouble they are on you. They have people watching to see what you do. I feel like they’re just trying to get you again.”