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Saturday, January 27, 2018

New Study, Same Result: Preschoolers With Disabilities Get Suspended and Expelled More Often

From Jim Gerl's Special Education Law Blog

By Jim Gerl. Esq.
January 23, 2018

A recent report by the Center for American Progress shows that students with disabilities aged 3 to 5 make up about 12 % of the early childhood population, yet they represent about 75% of suspensions and expulsions.

Alternatively stated, these very young people with disabilities are about 14 1/2 times more likely to be suspended or expelled that their non-disabled peers. Yikes.

Here are some other findings:

  • The odds of being suspended or expelled were more than 43 times higher for children with behavioral problems.The odds of being suspended or expelled were 33 times higher for children with ADHD.
  • The odds of being suspended or expelled were more than 14 times higher for children with anxiety.
  • The odds of being suspended or expelled were 10 times higher for children with autism/ASD.
  • The odds of being suspended or expelled were more than 7.5 times higher for children with developmental delays.
  • The odds of being suspended or expelled were more than 4 times higher for children with speech disorders.



You can read the report here. An article in the Disability Scoop blog appears here.

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