Kevin J. Bethel is a Deputy Police Commissioner in the Philadelphia Police Department, the 4th largest police department in the nation with 6,600 sworn personnel. He is presently in charge of Patrol Operations for the entire city. As part of his duties he oversees 21 Patrol Districts, Neighborhood Services Unit, Philadelphia School District Police, Police Athletic League and Community Relations Unit.
Blog: Discipline Disparities
Dr. Shawn Ashworth has served in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years as a school counselor, assistant principal, and pupil personnel worker; as Special Assistant for Discipline, Principal of Arundel Middle School and J. Albert Adams Academy, and Senior Manager of Discipline & Disproportionality in the Office of Equity and Human Relations. Dr. Ashworth currently works in the Office of Safe and Orderly Schools as a program specialist for discipline.
In November, Texas Appleseed released the results of its study analyzing school suspension rates for youth in the state of Texas over the previous school year. Researchers utilized suspension data to examine numerous factors that put the youngest Texas students at-risk of dropping out of school and being introduced to the school-to-prison pipeline. Researchers identified the excessive use of suspensions, in-school and out-of-school, as a problem.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has released Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline, a guide that provides tools and a process for practitioners to determine whether discipline disparities exist in their schools as well as to address them.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have initiated a number of reforms to reduce the use of exclusionary practices that remove students from the classroom, like suspensions.
Center for Civil Rights Remedies releases an unprecedented analysis of school discipline data for every district in the nation, estimating 18 million days of lost instruction in just one year due to exclusionary disciplinary practices.
GSA Network, Crossroads Collaborative and the Advancement Project have released reports and recommendations to address school discipline disparities among LGBTQ youth.
The national Dignity in Schools Campaign has released new guidelines on school pushout and charter schools.
School suspension and expulsion rates are down in Washington, DC public charter schools nine months after DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Education, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education jointly released first ever equity reports.