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Pasco schools see improvement in disciplinary data



After identifying disparities in doling out student discipline, Pasco County school district officials implemented new practices aimed at more evehanded practices.

Reducing referrals, suspensions and expulsions also was a key goal.

Halfway into the new academic year, student services director Melissa Musselwhite said, the district is seeing positive results.

Referrals dropped below 0.1 per student in the first quarter, while alternative placements are down 18 percent and expulsions down by 70 percent, according to a new report going to the School Board next week.

Students in certain targeted demographic groups, such as African-Americans with disabilities, continued to see higher levels of disciplinary actions than others. However, Musselwhite said, a closer look at the details indicated those groups are actually small numbers of children, making the search for solutions easier for schools.

The data did reveal a need to focus on absenteeism among homeless children, she added. The district plans to keep refining its efforts to help students most in need, Musselwhite said.

The board plans a workshop on the material on Tuesday.

[Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2016 8:13am]


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