OSI-Baltimore’s leadership on the problem of school suspensions has led to significant improvements in school discipline and major declines in the numbers of students suspended from City Schools. Citing Baltimore’s success, the Maryland Board of Education plans to replicate it across the entire state.
The Board will now require all school districts to adopt school safety and discipline policies that will reduce out-of-school suspensions. Schools must also reduce the disproportionate suspensions of special education and minority students which occur at higher rates than other students.
Ultimately, more students in school means more students graduating, not dropping out or getting into trouble. Keeping more students on track is good for everyone.