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What Purpose Do Suspensions Serve? Principals Don't Seem Quite Sure

Published in: The Brookings Institution website (2023)

Posted on Jun 20, 2023

by Rachel Perera, Melissa Kay Diliberti

Principals and their school leadership teams are often the final arbiters of discipline decisions in schools. When a student is written up for an infraction—in response to incidents ranging from talking back to a teacher to more extreme cases like fighting or bringing a weapon to school—principals typically decide both whether and how severely to punish the student. Disciplinary actions can range from sending a note home to the student's parents to an after-school detention all the way up to a suspension or expulsion.

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