The earliest snapshot of suspensions in the Buffalo Public Schools shows an increase over last year in both short-term and long-term suspensions in the district.
Through the end of September 2011, there had been 614 short-term (one- to five-day) suspensions, compared to 441 for that period last year. That's an increase of slightly more than one-third.
But you really need to look a little closer at the numbers. There were more schools that saw a decrease in suspensions than an increase -- but some of those with an increase saw a much bigger numeric increase, which affected the overall district stats.
The schools that saw the biggest percentage increase in short-term suspensions: Pantoja, Drew Science Magnet and Harriett Ross Tubman. Each of them saw at least a ten-fold increase. Among the high schools, Burgard's increase was greatest; suspensions there more than tripled.
Long-term suspensions increased far more, district-wide, than short-term suspensions. They nearly tripled, in fact.
There had been 196 long-term (more than five days) suspensions through the end of September 2011, compared to 66 during that period last year.
Most schools had just one or two long-term suspensions so far. Several had none.
Some exceptions: Bennett had 30 long-term suspensions in September 2011 (compared to seven last September); Burgard had 28 (compared to six last September); and McKinley had 17 (compared to one last September).
(Remember, short-term suspensions are at the discretion of building principals. Long-term suspensions are at the discretion of the superintendent or his/her designee.)
Here's a breakdown of the short-term suspensions, by building:
|School number||School||Suspensions through 9/30/11||Suspensions through 9/30/10|
|17||Early Childhd Ctr 17||4||3|
|19||Native Am Magnet||3||4|
|31||Harriett Ross Tubman||44||4|
|33||Bilingual Center 33|
|45||Intl School 45||2||13|
|53||Community Schl 53||12||24|
|59||Drew Science Magnet||36||3|
|61||Early Childhd Ctr 61||2|
|66||North Park Middle||19||19|
|82||Early Childhd Ctr 82|
|84||Erie Co Health Ctr|
|90||Drew ECC 90||1|
|415||Middle Early College||2|
We'll provide updates on the suspension situation as the year progresses. Stay tuned.
- Mary Pasciak