Abused, Neglected, & Suspended: School Discipline’s hidden discrimination

A recent report from the Consortium on Chicago School Research highlights not only that African American students are facing school discipline at higher rates, but also that students with a history of abuse and neglect are at higher risk for school suspensions as well.  Some key quotes:

  • Students with a history of abuse or neglect are at particularly high risk for being suspended. For the first time, researchers were able to combine discipline data with child welfare data and found that almost a third of the students with a history of abuse or neglect were suspended in the 2013-14 school year.
  • Students with a history of abuse or neglect are concentrated in schools with high suspension rates; in almost all high-suspending high schools, at least 10 percent of students had a documented history of abuse or neglect.

This report highlights not only the known links between our schools and the criminal justice system, but also the connections that we have described as the “Foster Care to Prison Pipeline” – a constellation of risk factors, social & legal structures, laws and policies that link the Child Welfare & Foster Care systems to the Criminal Justice system in a multitude of ways.

Find the full report here:¬†Suspending Chicago’s Students: Differences in Discipline Practices Across Schools