As we look at how to improve high school graduation rates and outcomes, we’ve come to realize that instead of addressing a “drop-out” crisis, we have to address our public education system’s biases, policies, and practices that exclude and alienate students throughout their schooling – pushing them further and further off track and eventually out of school.
Over the past 15 to 20 years, ’school pushout’ has been identified as a pattern of exclusionary practices that prevent students from obtaining a high school diploma, including more overt disciplinary policies and practices. The pushout narrative has largely been based on boys’ experiences, as they make up the majority of students affected. But, recent work has called attention to the need to focus on the unique experiences of girls, and of teen mothers, and LGBT youth in schools.
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In New York City schools, black and Latino youth account for 70% of students, yet represent over 90% of all suspensions. Students with special needs make up 12% of the student population, yet receive a third of all suspensions—in some Brooklyn schools, they account for upwards of 90% of suspensions.
Black girls are disproportionately represented across the discipline spectrum – for instance they are suspended six times more frequently than white girls (while black boys are suspended three times more often than white boys). This reality is often overlooked because their numbers are relatively small. The conversation in education and justice circles has often centered on young men’s experiences in the school-to-prison pipeline. In fact, the racial disparity is greater among girls than across all students, and girls’ experiences are lost when the conversation is just about boys and young men.
- School discipline – suspensions, expulsions, and arrests, among others
- How school discipline disproportionately affects girls of color, teen parents and LGBT and transgendered young people
- How funders are approaching this issue
- How and when a gender analysis can influence strategic funding
- Gisela Alvarez, Coordinator, Donor's Education Collaborative, The New York Community Trust
- Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, Vice President of Programs, Brooklyn Community Foundation
- Joanne Smith, Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity
- Rye Young, Director, Third Wave Fund
- Cassie Schwerner (Moderator), Senior Vice President of National Partnerships, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
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