N.H. student expulsion rates far lower than national average

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N.H. student expulsion rates far lower than national average

The rate of expulsion of school students in New Hampshire is far lower than in other states in the U. S., a report by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire revealed.

According to the newly published report, the national rate of students' expulsion was 2.7 per cent between 2010 and 2014. The estimated national expulsion rate for middle and high school students was more than 100 times higher than that of New Hampshire, which was recorded at 0.02 per cent.

The report also revealed that the rate of student suspension at middle and high schools in urban areas was 14 per cent - twice as high as the suspension rate at non-urban schools.

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Douglas Gagnon, one of the researchers involved in the study, said, "There's something going on in urban schools and their likelihood to turn to these practices that is very real."

While the rate of student expulsion in New Hampshire is significantly lower than in elsewhere, the frequency with which middle and high school students are suspended is almost in line with nationwide trends.

Rates of student suspension and expulsion started to soar in the late 1980s and early 1990s after schools adopted 'zero-tolerance' polices that mandated strict discipline for certain offenses. But, several studies have shown that students subjected to such discipline are more probable to drop out or become involved with juvenile justice system.

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