Suspension rates for Pinellas schools
Here's the draft district report behind this story in Saturday's St. Petersburg Times about suspension rates in Pinellas schools. It shows the out-of-school suspension numbers for the first semester of this year.
Those rates are DOWN for the district as a whole, but up considerably at a few schools.
The first-semester rates at John Hopkins Middle - rocked by more than 80 student arrests this year - rose from 11.1 percent last year to 16.1 percent this year. That puts it No. 1 among all traditional middle schools in Pinellas, with Azalea Middle (14.6 percent), Pinellas Park Middle (14.0 percent), Bay Point Middle (12.8 percent) and both Tyrone Middle and Dunedin Highland Middle (10.1 percent) rounding out the top five.
The numbers were also up a lot at Sanderlin Elementary, from 6.1 to 11.1 percent. (It finished last year with a 23 percent suspension rate, higher than any other elementary school.)
On the flip side, first-semester suspension rates dropped markedly at some schools, including Gibbs High (14 to 10.2), Seminole High (11.7 to 4.4), Countryside High (13.3 to 8.5), Tyrone Middle (15.8 to 10.1), Fairmount Park Elementary (6.4 to 1.4) and Lakewood Elementary (16.5 to 5.4).
The district issues suspension reports twice a year, once after the first semester and once after year's end. The latter will have the figures for the full year. To see reports from past years, click here.
Meanwhile, tell us what you think of the latest report and the numbers you see at your schools. Do the numbers reflect the reality of the school's atmosphere? Are things improving or not?