Tuesday Musing 9: the cost of suspensions
For your consideration: are out of school suspensions necessary? Are they overused?
I have heard of several school districts that have responded to the fact that the district loses money from the state for each student who is not physically present by drastically reducing the number and type of offenses that can merit out of school suspensions. Let me also note that all of the districts I have heard of that did this were distressed districts with high numbers of at-risk students and also a high rate of discipline problems.
What do you think?