Blog: Discipline Disparities

Interview With Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel: The Philadelphia School Diversion Program

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.

Reflections on Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Supportive School Discipline Reform Journey

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.

Texas Appleseed: Suspended Childhood

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.

Do Discipline Disparities Exist in Your School or District and How Do You Know?

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.

Transparent Reporting of School Discipline Data Yields Positive Improvements in our Nation's Capital

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.