A stunning and utterly disturbing report from Texas released last month brought into sharp focus just how much strict school discipline policies are costing our children — and how much Maryland needs to do to reform its own approach.
The exhaustive study of nearly 1 million Texas students found that nearly 60 percent were suspended or expelled at least once between 7th and 12th grades. Minority and disabled students were suspended at higher rates and were more likely to face stricter, out-of-school punishment, a trend that holds true in Maryland.
Jane Sundius is the director of the Education and Youth Development Program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, which works to ensure that all Baltimore's children have access to effective public schools. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.