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US: Cami Anderson: It’s ‘Back to School’ Time, but Punitive Discipline May Be Driving Some Students Away (Opinion)
Seventy Four – October 02, 2017
In Newark and in New York City’s alternative District 79, where I (Cami Anderson, superintendent of Newark Public Schools from 2011 to 2015 and superintendent of alternative high schools in New York City) served as superintendent, every year after the first week we tried to track down each and every student who hadn’t come back, or was sporadically attending school in the first month. One pattern was hard to deny: A majority of students who didn’t come back or who were not attending regularly had gotten into trouble in school, and were likely victims of extremely biased school discipline practices. Many of them – the ones most at risk of dropping out – had attended multiple schools in multiple years.