In 2016-17, 48 percent of out-of-school suspensions in the Prince George’s County Public Schools were for disrespect and disruption. The same school year, 1 in 4 children suspended out-of-school were students with disabilities. Statewide, a quarter of elementary school children who were suspended in 2016-17 were from Prince George’s County.
What do these numbers mean for school climate for all children? What can we do to stop the pushout of young people who need the most support? Join advocates from the Maryland Suspension Representation Project on November 14 at 6:30 pm at G. James Gholson Middle School to learn more about your rights in the school discipline process and to share your experiences. Hosted by Delegate Erek Barron and co-sponsored by Carolyn Boston, Vice Chair PGCPS School Board.
For more information about MSRP, visit www.mdsuspensionrep.org.
Quotes to consider
One parent Yolanda Rogers was quoted as saying, “I wish we would stop always blaming the parents. We don’t know what’s going on in anyone’s head or lives. They school system is too quick to punish so they “don’t have to deal” with the issue. Just last week I received a letter from my child’s school saying that if there are any fights they will be sent to the PGC dept of juvenile justice. How does that help?“
Rick TylerRick was quoted as saying, “The lessons many of these children need will not be found in juvenile facilities where too many become scared for life, but it could be found within social or family services, health departments, more qualified counselors, psychologists or pupil personnel workers, etc., teaching more educators about restorative practices, cleaning up negative community and home environments, etc. After all, a child only learns what he has experienced and many and their families do not have positive ones at home, their communities or at school.”
Alisha Wrenn was quoted as saying, “As the parent of a child who was suspended 12 times in one school year(5th grade), mostly for being an “environmental disruption” this really hits close to home. My son has home training and he is respectful, but because he learns differently he sometimes would act out when he did not understand something to the point that school didn’t want to deal with him so they suspended him back to back to back. Not every child learns the same. You have to meet children at their point of understanding. My son is now in the 11th and just recently removed his IEP and is doing better. I feel like these children are slipping through cracks and and are the main products for the pipeline to prison.”
Dr. Gail P. Bingham …. “But to deal with fighting you have to have the right people at schools to find the root of why fights occur…bullying? Self-esteem issues? Lack of unity and purpose amongst students? Inadequate, ineffective education? That’s why we need LESS high-salaried leadership outside of schools and more positive human resources i.e. GOOD counselors in schools to facilitate a positive school community…it’s not rocket science…when kids are not happy within, they take it out on others.”