News and Events: May 2013

How Best Reduce School Suspensions? One St. Paul Teacher Argues the Answer is Not Ignoring Classroom Misbehavior

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

St. Paul Public Schools’ (SPPS) Black suspension rate dropped only two percent from 2010-11 to 2011-12. Black students there still receive nearly 70 percent of all suspensions. SPPS Chief of Staff Michelle Walker told the MSR that Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and “Courageous Conversations” strategies, used to help teachers respond more positively to student behaviors — especially those of Black students — has played a huge role in the decline in suspensions.