Pushed Out: Harsh Discipline in Louisiana Schools Denies the Right to Education

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) released the report, Pushed Out, in January 2010. Pushed Out examines current policies and practices in New Orleans and Louisiana public schools that impact school climate, discipline and educational outcomes for students. The report analyzes suspension and expulsion data from the Louisiana Department of Education from the 2007-2008 school year and serves as a useful tool for creating a focused analysis of the climate / disparities in your local school districts. The report shows suspension and expulsion rates in Louisiana and the Recovery School District in New Orleans that are far above the national average and documents violations of students’ fundamental human rights to quality education and to be treated with dignity in schools. This resource also details alternatives to harsh punitive discipline and includes recommendations for national and state legislation.