Disparities in out-of-school suspension and expulsion by race, gender and sexual orientation are a critical issue in our schools. The Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative, a national panel of researchers, educators, advocates and policy analysts, has released an important new contribution, the Disciplinary Disparities Briefing Paper series. Three papers, on policy, practice, and new research, present the most recent findings on disciplinary disparities, and especially focus on our best knowledge about interventions for reducing disparities.
The Disparities Collaborative website also contains supplementary papers on implicit bias, research showing that African American disproportionality cannot be accounted for by differences in student behavior, and a myths and facts sheet on disciplinary disproportionality. Finally, there are a host of resources including links to other reports, and a Resource Directory listing organizations across the nation currently working on these issues.