Creating and enforcing a clear and equitable discipline policy plays an important role in ensuring that all students are afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more than three decades, however, research has documented a gap between how discipline is assigned to students of color versus their white peers
The July 2014 edition of Principal's Research Review (published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals) looks at the extent and cost of exclusionary discipline practices, research on improving school climate, and resources available through the federal government. The conclusion includes a section on what school leaders can do right now.
The authors are Vicki Nishioka and Rhonda Barton of Education Northwest.