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Suspensions up so far this year in Buffalo schools

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.

Burgard 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
3 D'Youville Porter 3
6 BEST 9 10
17 Early Childhd Ctr 17 4 3
18 Pantoja 14 1
19 Native Am Magnet 3 4
27 Hillery Park 7
30 Frank Sedita 29 13
31 Harriett Ross Tubman 44 4
32 Bennett Park 5 9
33 Bilingual Center 33

37 Futures Academy
9
39 MLK 6 4
43 Lovejoy Discovery
9
45 Intl School 45 2 13
53 Community Schl 53 12 24
54 Blackman 3 4
56 Olmsted 56 3
59 Drew Science Magnet 36 3
61 Early Childhd Ctr 61 2
64 Olmsted 64

65 Roosevelt

66 North Park Middle 19 19
67 Discovery
3
69 Houghton 1 5
72 Lorraine 
16
74 Hamlin Park 4
76 Badillo 9 9
79 Grabiarz 21 11
80 Highgate Heights 5 8
81 School 81
3
82 Early Childhd Ctr 82

84 Erie Co Health Ctr

89 Wright 1
90 Drew ECC 90 1
91 BUILD
6
93 Southside 15 15
94 West Hertel 1 7
95 Waterfront 31 11
97 Austin 8
99 Makowski 2 1
187 Performing Arts 12 10
195 City Honors

197 MST Prep 31 11
198 International Prep

200 Bennett 92 39
204 Lafayette
8
205 Riverside 65 75
206 South Park 15 6
212 da Vinci

301 Burgard 41 13
302 Emerson
6
304 Hutch Tech
2
305 McKinley 11 18
307 East  47 27
402 OTC

415 Middle Early College
2

Total: 614 441

 

We'll provide updates on the suspension situation as the year progresses. Stay tuned.

- Mary Pasciak

facebook.com/mary.pasciak     twitter.com/SchoolZoneBlog    mpasciak@buffnews.com

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