OCR RFI: School Discipline in Schools Serving Students in Pre-K Through Grade 12

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) asking members of the public to submit written comments on discipline in schools serving students in pre-k through grade 12. This information will assist OCR in determining what policy guidance, technical assistance, or other resources may help schools improve school climate and safety, and ensure equal access to education programs and activities, consistent with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces.  

“All students deserve access to safe, supportive schools and classrooms. Discrimination and use of exclusionary discipline can negatively impact students’ abilities to learn, grow and thrive,” said Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We’re seeking information so that the Department can help schools and educators confront disparities and create inclusive school environments that set all students up for success.”   

OCR’s Civil Rights Data Collection has shown persistent disparities over time in the use of exclusionary discipline. The data from the 2017-18 school year survey show, for example, that Black students represented 15 percent of student enrollment but 38 percent of students who received one or more out-of-school suspensions, and students with disabilities represented 13 percent of student enrollment but 25 percent of students who received one or more out-of-school suspensions.

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