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2009

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David R. Dupper

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Reducing Out-Of-School Suspensions: Practice Guidelines For School Social Workers, David Dupper, Mt Theriot, Sw Craun Dec 2008

Reducing Out-Of-School Suspensions: Practice Guidelines For School Social Workers, David Dupper, Mt Theriot, Sw Craun

David R. Dupper

In many U.S. school districts, there has been a near epidemic of out-of-school suspensions (OSSs) for relatively minor or vaguely defined student offenses. Suspension provides temporary relief to frustrated teachers and administrators and may result in more parental involvement. However, for a large number of at-risk youths, it appears that being suspended leads to significant problems outside of school, increases the likelihood of receiving additional OSSs, and may result in dropping out of school. As a result, school social workers need to be made aware of programs that focus on the elimination of students' problematic behaviors rather than the ...