Boston Globe: New Data Shows Fewer Students Are Being Disciplined in Mass. Schools

According to state data, the number of students suspended from school dropped by 20 percent last year as Massachusetts’ new school discipline law went into effect.  As suspension predicts dropout, the Lawyers’ Committee has focused on reducing out-of-school punishments and eliminating racial and other disparities in their use, issuing this report last year.  The article cited LCCR’s Education Project Director Matt Cregor, who expressed encouragement at the “across-the-board drops by race, disability, and language-learner status” but concern at the under-reporting of emergency removals, a disciplinary category established in the new law’s implementing regulations.