Study Finds Suspensions Cost the US $35 Billion Every Year

This study measures the “total cost to society” of out of school suspensions. It looked at things like the likelihood of dropping out, and subsequent propensity to crime and public assistance.

The study found that the average fiscal cost per individual student was $163,340.

Interestingly enough, the report says that there is not really a discernible difference between in-school and out of school suspensions.  

The project does include suggestions on how to curb this problem, such as "Restorative Justice" practices.

This report comes at a time when Indianapolis Public Schools are aiming to lower their own suspension numbers… an effort that has not been without criticism.

Read the report here. 


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.