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You say "if DCPS schools had the same rate of expulsions and of transfers, the total number of students expelled or involuntary transferred per year would be 1,364.After 6 years, a school absorbing all of these students would have 8,184 rejected students, or 11% of all public school students."

This is a terrible argument that misuses statistics. The number of kids expelled won't stay the same every year; eventually most the kids who should be expelled would be and the rate will taper off. Would you say "in 12 years 22% of kids will be in special schools and in 60 years over 100% will be"?

Plus, more kids who now go to charters or privates would try DCPS if the misbehaving kids could be kicked out, so the % of kids in the expulsion schools as compared to the total DCPS population would be even smaller over time.

Finally, what if 11% of kids are in special schools for kids who disrupt regular classes? Why is that inherently a bad thing? Is there some other % that would be ok?

by sbc on Feb 12, 2013 1:20 pm • linkreport

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