New trend in suspensions
Because we are about to enter a new year, I thought I would leave this good news item for everyone. Advocates for Children and Youth has just analyzed the recently released data on school suspensions and for a change, there's been a reduction. The number of times that students are suspended each year has dropped significantly, particularly in Baltimore City and Prince George's County. The percent of students suspended statewide dropped by 12 percent from the prior year and fell to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to ACY.
Just a few years ago, Baltimore City was suspending about 12 percent of its students. They have reduced that to just over 9 percent. The reductions follow years of work by school systems to put programs in place that will reward good behavior. In addition, school superintendents, such as Andres Alonso in the city, have simply ordered principals to lower suspensions for certain offenses.
School systems have stopped suspending students for being truant, for instance.
The only system to buck the statewide trend is Baltimore County, where the suspension rate is still at 11.2 percent, according to ACY.