Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline Report (2016)

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On March 2016, the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project at UCLA released the Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Comprehensive Review report. This report, along with the companion spreadsheet, provides the first comprehensive description ever compiled of charter school discipline. In 2011-12, every one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools was required to report its school discipline data, including charter schools. This analysis, which includes more than 5,250 charter schools, focuses on out-of-school suspension rates at the elementary and secondary levels. The report describes the extent to which suspensions meted out by charter schools for each major racial group and for students with disabilities are excessive or disparate.

Some of the report findings include: 
  • More than 500 charter schools suspended black charter students at a rate that was at least 10 percentage points higher than that of white charter students. 
  • 1,093 charter schools suspended students with disabilities at a rate that was 10 or more percentage points higher than that of students without disabilities. 
  • 235 charter schools suspended more than 50% of their enrolled students with disabilities. This count includes schools with at least 50 students enrolled and excludes alternative schools, schools identified as part of the juvenile justice system, virtual schools and schools that enrolled fewer than 10 students with disabilities. Any school where rounding of the data or another error produced a suspension rate of more than 100% for a subgroup also was excluded.

You can read the full report and access the spreadsheet here