Episode 3: School Push Out

Among the several causes of students dropping out of school, one that continues to spark debate is that of school suspensions and expulsions.

Several researchers and data has shown a relation of more time away from school due to suspensions and expulsions lead to a higher possibility of a student dropping out of school.

More than 2 million students across the United States were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year, according to a 2013 UCLA report. In St. Louis, more than 7,300 students were suspended one or more times during that time period.

RELATED: Missouri elementary schools have highest rate of suspending black children

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, many of the suspensions and expulsions can be attributed to the zero-tolerance policies enacted in several schools, which mandate consequences for certain rules, no matter what the circumstances are.

Diving deeper, minority students remained at the highest risk for suspensions.

This past fall, we spoke to students and area professionals regarding the “school push out” phenomena. 


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