Here we looked at the new student discipline regulations expected to be enacted into law starting on July 1, 2014. There is particular concern regarding suspension rates in regard to students with disabilities. According to published reports, the Department of Education found that students with disabilities, particularly black children with disabilities, were nearly twice as likely to be suspended as non-disabled students.
In Massachusetts there are some districts that suspended students with disabilities at disproportionate rates. Below are the districts with the ten highest suspension rates for students with disabilities during the 2012-13 school year. Statewide, the out-of-school suspension rate was 4.3%.
*The Spirit of Knowledge Charter School voted to surrender its charter on October 29, 2013.
Below are the top ten individual schools with the highest out-of-suspension rates for students with disabilities.
Roxbury Preparatory Charter had the highest suspension rate in this category at both the district and individual school levels.
All data taken from: www.doe.mass.edu