Teachers College Press

Closing the School Discipline Gap
Equitable Remedies for Excessive Exclusion

Edited by Daniel J. Losen
Disability, Equity, and Culture Series
Pub Date: December 2014, 288 pages

Paperback: $36.95, ISBN: 080775613X
Cloth: $76.00, ISBN: 0807756148
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“Closing the School Discipline Gapcan make an enormous difference in reducing disciplinary exclusions across the country. This book not only exposes unsound practices and their disparate impact on the historically disadvantaged, but provides educators, policymakers, and community advocates with an array of remedies that are proven effective or hold great promise. Educators, communities, and students alike can benefit from the promising interventions and well-grounded recommendations.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E.Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

“For over four decades school discipline policies and practices in too many places have pushed children out of school, especially children of color.Closing the School Discipline Gapshows that adults have the power—and responsibility—to change school climates to better meet the needs of children. This volume is a call to action for policymakers, educators, parents, and students.”
Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children’s Defense Fund

“On the heels of the Office of Civil Rights’ findings of racial disparities in school discipline, Daniel Losen has assembled a remarkable group of scholars to examine the underlying causes of this discrimination, explore its costs both to the individual and society, and discuss possible remedies. This volume offers a comprehensive understanding of the issue and a clear set of recommendations for anyone committed to pursuing equality in our schools.”
James E. Ryan, dean of the faculty of education, Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Educators remove over 3.45 million students from school annually for disciplinary reasons, despite strong evidence that school suspension policies are harmful to students. The research presented in this volume demonstrates that disciplinary policies and practices that schools control directly exacerbate today's profound inequities in educational opportunity and outcomes. Part I explores how suspensions flow along the lines of race, gender, and disability status. Part II examines potential remedies that show great promise, including a district-wide approach in Cleveland, Ohio, aimed at social and emotional learning strategies.

Closing the School Discipline Gapis a call for action that focuses on an area in which public schools can and should make powerful improvements, in a relatively short period of time.

Book Features:

  • Shows the academic and social costs of excessive disciplinary exclusion.
  • Examines school policies and practices that lead generations of African-American and Latino youth into the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Offers evidence-based interventions for reducing excessive and disparate out-of-school suspensions.
  • Connects the research presented to real changes that can be made to federal, state, and district policies.

Contributors include Robert Balfanz, Jamilia Blake, Dewey Cornell, Jeremy D. Finn, Thalia González, Anne Gregory, Daniel J. Losen, David M. Osher, Russell J. Skiba, Ivory A. Toldson

Daniel J. Losen is director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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