High School Suspensions Cost the Country $35 Billion Annually


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UCLA’s Civil Rights Project has published a report that states high school suspensions cost the country $35 billion annually, according npr.org.

“The authors that calculate suspensions in just one year of school — 10th grade — contributed to 67,000 students eventually dropping out of high school. And that, they conclude, generates total costs to the nation of more than $35 billion,” stated scpr.org.

“We have taken many steps to reduce suspensions and the results are conclusive that our steps have worked,” stated Dr. Domene, the Superintendent of PYLUSD.

A two-step process calculates the price tag on high school suspensions, according to newsok.com and scpr.org:

1. The probability of a student dropping out and the cost to society of dropping out of high school and the social cost of high school dropouts

2. People who don’t earn a high school diploma on time tend to earn less money, which means they pay less in taxes.

  • Less likely to have health insurance. Meaning, less access to prevention, and eventually worse health. They’ll need more care — with a higher share of the cost paid for by taxpayers.

  • They are more likely to have trouble with the law, costing taxpayers in the form of court and prison costs.

  • They rely on public assistance at higher rates.

A few ways to prevent Out-of-School suspensions is it to organize a district-wide task force to provide recommendations for improvement and develop handbooks that outline responsibilities for every parent, student, teacher, district staff member, and/or school administrator, stated nsba.org.

“No educator wants to suspend or expel kids. We all know they’re better off in school. But to try to set up legislation that restricts administrators’ control, that’s never a good thing,” said John Hutton, superintendent of Gurnee School District 56.