Inequality in School Discipline

Research and Practice to Reduce Disparities

  • Russell J. Skiba
  • Kavitha Mediratta
  • M. Karega Rausch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Discipline Disparities: A Research-to-Practice Collaborative

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kavitha Mediratta, M. Karega Rausch
      Pages 3-19
    3. Russell J. Skiba, Mariella I. Arredondo, Chrystal Gray, M. Karega Rausch
      Pages 21-38
    4. Anne Gregory, James Bell, Mica Pollock
      Pages 39-58
  3. Understanding and Addressing Disparities: What We Are Learning and What We Can Do

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Jamilia J. Blake, Danielle M. Smith, Miner P. Marchbanks III, Allison L. Seibert, Steve M. Wood, Eun Sook Kim
      Pages 79-98
    3. Claudia G. Vincent, John Inglish, Erik J. Girvan, Jeffrey R. Sprague, Timothy M. McCabe
      Pages 115-134
    4. L. Boyd Bellinger, Nicole Darcangelo, Stacey S. Horn, Erica R. Meiners, Sarah Schriber
      Pages 135-152
  4. Conclusions and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 281-285

About this book


This edited volume fills a critical void by providing the most current and authoritative information on what is known about disciplinary disparities. School exclusion—out-of-school suspension and expulsion in particular—remains a substantial component of discipline in our nation’s schools, and those consequences continue to fall disproportionally on certain groups of learners. The negative consequences of frequent and inequitable use of school exclusion are substantial, including higher rates of academic failure, dropout, and contact with the juvenile justice system. As educators, policymakers, community leaders, and other youth-serving organizations begin the difficult work of creating more equitable school disciplinary systems, the need for effective disparity-reducing alternatives could not be more important. Drawing on the multi-year ground-breaking work of the Discipline Disparities Collaborative, the chapters in this book provide cutting edge knowledge supporting a new national imperative to eliminate race, gender, disability and sexual orientation-based disciplinary disparities.


School Discipline Discipline Disparities Racial Differences LGBTQ Discipline Inequities Discipline remedies Discipline solutions Implicit bias School Suspension School Expulsion Juvenile Justice Students of Color crime criminology education gender psychology quality research school social science social structure society sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Russell J. Skiba
    • 1
  • Kavitha Mediratta
    • 2
  • M. Karega Rausch
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Evaluation and Education Policy School of EducationIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.The Atlantic PhilanthropiesNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Center for Evaluation and Education PoliIndiana University Center for Evaluation and Education PoliBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-51256-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-51257-4
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