Feds Cite D.C. Charters for High Suspension Rates, Especially for Black Students

I wonder is the suspension rate is similar to the percent of the population of the school.

Every year more and more school are criticized fo removing disruptive students. I have alway believed that no single student has the right or should be allowed to keep 25 or 30 others from learning.

Diane Ravitch's blog

A new report from the Federal Government Accountability Office criticized charter schools in D.C. for their high suspension rates. Will Betsy DeVos care?

Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson writes:

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says suspension and expulsion rates for charters in the capital city are double the national rate and disproportionately high for black students and those with disabilities.

During the 2013-2014 school year, for example, “D.C charter schools had about a 13 percent suspension rate, while the national rate for all charter schools was about 6 percent,” the GAO reported. “This was also true for expulsions, with charter schools in D.C. reporting double the rate of charter schools nationally.”

The agency that oversees charter schools in the District acknowledges it has issues, but it also had problems with the GAO’s findings. In a response included in the report, the D.C. Public Charter School Board said the…

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