In April 2014, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) partnered to survey 500 school superintendents to determine the state of district-wide school discipline policies and practices.
85 percent of superintendents believe there are positive consequences to using out-of-school suspension, 33 percent report that suspension maintains or improves school climate by removing the worst offenders and 15 percent say that suspension improves the behaviors of disciplined students.
Most principals, myself included, would prefer to have an in-school alternative to suspension as part of their discipline continuum, but that takes funding and that requires district support. My district would not financially support in-school suspension. I had to find my own way of funding the program, which, our long-term data demonstrated, significantly reduced discipline referrals and incidents.