VA school discipline is ‘widespread, discriminatory,’ study says

Virginia disproportionately suspends African-American boys and those with disabilities for issues that are often minor, frequently entangling children in the law enforcement system.
News Story (Virginia)

Lisa Suhay
Christian Science Monitor
May 19, 2016

Tags: Minorities: Racial/Ethnic, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Schools: Discipline

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


Virginia, the state that leads the nation in the school-to-prison pipeline, also disproportionately suspends African-American male students and those with disabilities from school for issues as minor as a sarcastic tone, a cell phone, or too many unexcused absences.

“Suspended Progress,” a report released today by the Legal Aid Justice Center, says that the fix would be for school administrators to shift away from so-called zero tolerance policies, which often mandate punishment for even slight infractions, in favor of working with families and installing more preventive and supportive discipline.