If we are serious about closing our state’s opportunity and achievement gaps, we need to find ways to keep kids in school and learning.
While Washington state made progress in the last legislative session, there is more to be done.
Nationally, school-discipline rates are at an all-time high, double what they were in the 1970s. Millions of students are suspended from school every year. And students in groups with persistent achievement gaps are suspended and expelled from school at higher rates than their peers.
The school house, the place we all hope can serve as the “great equalizer,” is closing its doors to an alarming number of the very students who need the most support.