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Student suspensions shocking in Valley’s two largest districts

Published: Sat, November 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Let’s not get hung up on the way student suspensions are recorded in Youngstown and Warren. The eye-opening fact is that the thousands of incidents of misbehavior during the 2010-2011 school year show why the urban school districts are struggling academically.

Disruptions in the classrooms or the school buildings are an impediment to learning.

Youngstown and Warren residents aren’t interested in excuses, such as this one from Aaron Schwab, a spokesman for the Warren City Schools: “As far as an apples to apples comparison of school districts, I don’t think there is one. Every school district has a different policy on discipline and how it’s handled.”

Is Schwab suggesting that some districts with comparatively low student suspension rates are being less forthright about disruptions in their schools than those with high rates?

As a comparison to what is taking place in Youngstown and Warren, consider two academically successful districts, Boardman and Austintown. In Boardman, there were 88 out-of-school suspensions in the 2010-2011 school year; Austintown reported 50 out-of-school suspensions and 12 in-school suspensions.

For the 2010-2011 school year, the most recent data available, the Youngstown district reported 2,302 discipline occurrences that resulted in out-of-school suspensions, and 302 occurrences for which students got in-school suspension, according to the Ohio Department of Education website. Another 44 occurrences resulted in emergency removal of the students.

In Warren, there were 2,647 out-of-school suspensions in 2010-2011, 4,972 in-school suspensions and 14 emergency removals.

The most common discipline issue reported in both districts was disobedient or disruptive behavior.

Warren’s numbers are higher because they reflect a per-incident count, which means that one student could have been suspended more than once.

In addition, if a student gets a three-day suspension, the district reports it as three incidents.

By contrast, Youngstown reports a three-day suspension as one incident.

But as we said at the outset, the details of the how the numbers are reported are less important than what they represent: Dysfunctional students who are contributing to the failure of the districts.

Repeat offenders

Thus the question: What should be done with the repeat offenders? Given the academic challenges confronting the districts, the superintendents and boards of education have their hands full and cannot afford to be distracted by students who have little interest in learning.

Ohio Department of Education officials should be asked to come in to assess the situation, with the goal of developing a program that would remove the disruptive and disobedient students from the schools.

Permitting them to return to the classrooms after they have served their suspensions should be a one-time proposition. The next incident should result in removal from school.

There is a widely held belief that urban school districts across the country are failing because of a lack of discipline in the classrooms.

Youngstown schools Superintendent Dr. Connie Hathorn has acknowledged that some parents have pulled their children out of the district because they’re concerned about safety.

Something must be done to reduce the high number of suspensions.


1jmagaratz(185 comments)posted 3 years ago

"Something must be done to reduce the high number of suspensions."

Last sentence says it all.....

Suggest creation of a designation similar to medicine's "DNR".....call it "Not Amenable to Education--(NAE)....

Give such cases a one year voucher of $500 and tell them to come back when they have grown up.....cheaper to keep them out of school for $500 per year than to use up other students' money trying to salvage them....

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2Silence_Dogood(1555 comments)posted 3 years ago

jmagaratz instead of rewarding bad behavior by giving them a year off and $500, how about withholding welfare, food stamps,adc,housing allowance,ect.. from the parent(more then likely only "one" can be found). When they are hit in the wallet by removing "free stuff", then you can expect better results.

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3redeye1(5351 comments)posted 3 years ago

Silence dogood GREAT POST! But OBAMMY would be all over that like stink on a skunk claiming racism.

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4rickking123(322 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

One need only look at the elephant in the room to find the cause of this problem.

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5UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Single-parent, multiple-child homes...

"all 'dem gurls know what time it is!"

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