Don't blame out-of-school suspension numbers on ESE kids in Pinellas
A quick note to those who referenced special education students in their comments to our Wednesday post about the reasons for out-of-school suspensions in Pinellas schools.
(One post in particular charged that ESE students are "holding our schools hostage" and that schools "cannot fix a broken system that is being forced to include students who literally destroy the fabric of schoolwide discipline and undermine instruction and campus culture."
The numbers we cited were for general education students only.
The number of ESE kids who received out-of-school suspensions during the first semester of this academic year at elementary, middle and high schools: 246, down from 373 in the first semester of 2007-08. The number of individual ESE kids suspended this year: 150, compared to 219 last year.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter