Who's getting arrested at school?
For those monitoring student discipline and racial disparity, there's a ton of interesting data in these reports that the Hillsborough County school district shared with the School Board this week. Find them here and here.
As in prior year reports, suspensions are down across the board. But, also as in prior years, black students still get suspended in numbers way out of proportion with the population.
And, although referrals and suspensions are generally down when the past report card period was compared with first-quarter 2014-2015, there was an uptick in referrals for disobedience and insubordination.
All of this is happening as the district adjusts to a new directive to avoid long out-of-school suspensions. Schools now need permission from their area superintendents whenever they are about to suspend for more than five days.
The arrest and suspension reports show that by far, the greatest number of incidents are reported in Area 7, which includes parts of East Tampa, North Tampa, Brandon and Seffner.
But there were exceptions.
Chamberlain High School -- which is in Area 4 -- appears at the top of some of the lists. The numbers show Chaimberlain had 996 incidents, 276 students receiving in-school suspensions and 143 getting out-of-school suspensions. The suspension numbers are unduplicated, meaning some of the kids were suspended more than once.
Potter Elementary, also in Area 4, had 28 children receiving out-of-school suspensions. That's roughly one in 20 kids.
The district, meanwhile, is preparing a report for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, which is investigating Hillsborough based on a complaint in 2014 of racial discrimination. The Tampa Bay Times has requested a copy of that document when it is sent.