Fact Sheet: Safe and Fair Schools
Wake County Ranks High in School Push Out, Needs Strategies to Keep Students Supported and Safe
During the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) handed out nearly 18,000 short-term and long-term suspensions—in disproportionate number to minority students. Short-term and long-term suspensions accounted for more than 75,000 missed school days. Nearly one-third of students who received at least one suspension (31.3%) were students
with disabilities, even though they were only approximately 13% of the student population.
Economically disadvantaged students were 32.4% of the total student population but received 63.8% of suspensions.