UPDATED October 2018
Black students and students with disabilities are punished more severely and more frequently than their peers in schools across Missouri. Disproportionate school discipline in Missouri is costly, unconstitutional, and funnels children out of school and into the criminal justice system.
Our new report, “From School to Prison: Missouri’s Pipeline of Injustice,” documents discipline disparities and includes recommendations for students, parents, teachers and policymakers on how to stop this crisis in our education system.
- Black students are 4.5 times more likely to be suspended than White students.
- Black students with disabilities were more than three times more likely to be suspended than White students with disabilities.
- Black boys are almost four times more likely to receive an out-of-school suspension than White boys.
- Black girls are six times more likely to receive an out-of-school suspension than White girls.
- Missouri is one of 19 states in the nation that still allows corporal punishment. Black students are almost twice as likely to be hit in school as their White peers.
- Between 2011 and 2014, the rate of students expelled from school in Missouri doubled.