Mississippi Working on Discipline

Last Updated: October 27, 2010

This article appeared in the October 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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Some Mississippi schools are suspending and expelling fewer students now that they have implemented various policy changes aimed at reducing the number of students removed from school as a result of harsh discipline. The approaches implemented by schools are wide-ranging and include physical education initiatives and block scheduling. In most districts, changes stem from district and local leaders’ renewed commitment and specific efforts to keeping students in school. The number of both suspensions and expulsions reported to the State Department of Education dropped 30% last year from the 2005–06 reports.

Mississippi schools have received national notoriety for their disciplinary policies and practices, including corporal punishment. Jackson Public Schools was one of the 18 urban school districts included in Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis, reviewed in RPM last month at http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2561.

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