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School Violence: Suspensions and expulsions aren’t the solution

Educators say student misconduct has increased − but progressive reforms or harsher punishments alone won't fix the problem (

Published: September 21, 2023

by F. Chris Curran, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Florida

"...On the one side are those who seek more restorative responses to misconduct that emphasize building relationships with students and discipline policies that keep kids in school. On the other are calls for greater use of exclusionary and punitive practices like suspension...Ultimately, there is little evidence that suspensions and expulsions improve behavior. In fact, a recent U.S. national survey found that only 13% of principals agreed that suspensions reduce future misbehavior!

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