Study: 60% of Texas Students Suspended, Expelled

TEXAS — Researchers who tracked all seventh graders in Texas for six years found that 60 percent were expelled or suspended at least once between the start of the study and their senior year in high school.

For the study, titled “Breaking Schools’ Rules,” researchers analyzed the school records of about one million students. The high rate of suspensions and expulsions is part of a 20-year trend that has seen the rate double nationally, according to Mike Thompson with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, which commissioned the study, NPR reports.

Of the students that were tracked for the study, 15 percent were disciplined 11 times or more. Half of those students were sentenced to juvenile-justice facilities or programs for an average of 73 schooldays.

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