Who's Affected? (Continued)
While African-American students have been largely discussed in the discipline controversy, there are other minority populations who are often overlooked.
Students with have a disability or who have identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered, or questioning (LGBTQ) also have been impacted from harsher discipline policies.
Students with disabilities are more than twice likely to be suspended compared to those without a disability, according to the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Office. Furthermore, more than one out of four boys of color with disabilities and almost one in five girls of color with disabilities have received an out-of-school suspension.
In addition, LGBT youth are three times more likely to have harsher disciplinary treatment than their counterparts, according to a report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
Listen to the story of one LGBT youth who has experienced this first hand.
These suspensions, as previously mentioned, contribute to keeping students in the “school-to-prison” pipeline. However, the higher suspension rates have been connected closely to higher dropout and delinquency rates.
In the broader context, this hurts the community economically in terms of contributing taxpayers and less in the workforce.
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