Maryland educrats are “juking” the stats on school suspensions, writes BaltoNorth. (“Juking” was popularized by The Wire, which showed Baltimore police officials manipulating crime statistics to make themselves look better.) Suspensions have dropped by 12 percent in the last year, reports the Baltimore Sun, which calls it “good news.” But it’s not necessarily because students are behaving better.
The reductions follow years of work by school systems to put programs in place that will reward good behavior. In addition, school superintendents, such as Andres Alonso in the city, have simply ordered principals to lower suspensions for certain offenses.
School systems have stopped suspending students for being truant, for instance.
Suspending students for truancy is counterintuitive: If you don’t come to school, you can’t come to school! But BaltoNorth has a point about the meaninglessness of the decline in suspensions.