Pot's the top reason for expulsions, but number of students kicked out for drugs going down

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For the first time, the Colorado Department of Education has broken out marijuana from student expulsion figures related to drugs -- and during the most recent school year, pot was by far the leading reason for pupils being expelled.

This information is concerning to two experts with whom we communicated -- but figures pertaining to suspensions and expulsions over the past decade show that while the overall trend is rising, the numbers have actually dropped the past couple of years.

Earlier this week, outlets such as 7News reported that of the 720 kids removed from Colorado public schools during the 2012-2013 school year, 230 of them, or 32 percent, were sent packing due to marijuana use. That number is said to be than double the total for the next highest reason for expulsion, detrimental behavior, and triple that for all other drugs, as well as disobedience and violations related to alcohol or weapons.

Now, however, Janelle Krueger, the program manager with the CDE's Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Grant in the CDE's Office of Dropout Prevention and Engagement, has assembled a new spreadsheet looking at Colorado public schools suspension and expulsion actions for drugs in general over a twelve-year period, 2001-2002 to 2012-2013. The complete document is below, but the following graphic lists the number of drug-related suspensions for 2012-2013 at 4,319 and expulsions at 614.

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The 2012-2013 totals are big, no doubt -- but the drug-related suspension number is actually lower than the one in each of the two previous years, while the expulsion figure hasn't been this low since the 2008-2009 school year.

Nonetheless, the marijuana info is undeniably the big attention-getter in the latest data. According to Krueger, corresponding via e-mail, her program is required to issue an evaluation report to the state legislature, and "we separated out marijuana as a reason for the first time for the 2012-13 school year from the larger drug category because of hearing from numerous sources that marijuana-related incidents were on the rise. This would provide us with a subset of data specific to marijuana."

Unfortunately, comparing the 2012-2013 marijuana findings to prior years "is not possible," Krueger points out, because "the data does not exist." For that reason, we don't know if the latest marijuana numbers are going up or down. But there's no question that suspensions and expulsions for drugs went up in a noticeable way during the 2009-2010 school year, which roughly coincided with the medical marijuana boom in Colorado. Here's another graphic showing that trend.

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Given the timing, it's reasonable to assume that increased accessibility to marijuana was a big factor in this change. And while the numbers appear to be moderating, Krueger remains very concerned about them.

Continue for more about marijuana and expulsions in Colorado schools, including a video and an original document.


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

McShyster (AKA Donkey Hotay) is a lying prohibitionist.  There is no correlation between marijuana use rates and educational performance.

"A new survey from UNICEF has found that more Canadian kids smoke marijuana than anywhere else in the western world."

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/11/canada-kids-marijuana-unicef_n_3062739.html

"Canadian students are among the top performers in the world, according to an international educational survey of half a million 15-year-olds in more than 70 countries."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2010/12/07/tech-education-oecd-rank.html




__McShyster__
__McShyster__

With U$ Students already DUMBER than most of the Industrialized World, and even many THIRD WORLD countries, is making them dumber and lazier with marijuana really the best idea ??


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U.S. Students Still Lag Behind Foreign Peers, Schools Make Little Progress In Improving Achievement


A report 
recently published by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance found that students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate. Researchers estimate that gains made by students in those 11 countries equate to about two years of learning.

What gains U.S. students posted in recent years are "hardly remarkable by world standards," according to the report. Although the U.S. is not one of the nine countries that lost academic ground for the 14-year period between 1995 and 2009, more countries were improving at a rate significantly faster than that of the U.S. Researchers looked at data for 49 countries.

The study's findings echo years of rankings that show foreign students outpacing their American peers academically. Students in Shanghai who recently took international exams for the first time outscored every other school system in the world. In the same test, American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading.

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Proving the once again, U$ Stoners = EPIC FAIL !!

 

SheepleBeScared
SheepleBeScared

Sounds like my high school. Stoners got suspended while the meat-head psychopath football player bullies drank liquor to their hearts content with ZERO punishment. This means nothing except you have idiots running your schools.....

Jordana Sturaro
Jordana Sturaro

Dang kids these days.... they just don't know how to properly hide their weed from school officials.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Pat Steadman, the GA, and Gov. Hack just increased the severity offenses involving the transfer of cannabis to minors; transferring enough to one is now a Class 1 felony, like premeditated murder.  On the streets and in our schools on the other hand, the use of cannabis by minors is a commonplace, and there is little consensus regarding keeping cannabis or even infinitely more dangerous drugs like tobacco out of their hands.  Shortly after Steadman, Hack, and friends made cannabis like murder, I took a job teaching math at a local last-chance charter school.  On my last day there, I observed a fifteen-year-old approach the academic principal and ask:  "Miss Judy, may I have my vape-pen back?"  Without a word, "Miss Judy" went to her desk, took out the vape-pen in question, and handed it to the kid -- this was very likely the device which students had used at lunch to get high and had then been confiscated; "Miss Judy" must have strongly suspected that the vape-pen was charged with what in the parlance of statute is described as "marijuana concentrate".  Transferring any quantum of marijuana concentrate to a minor is a Class 4 felony under two different statutes.  If we are concerned about minors' access to dangerous drugs, and we should be, let us have a rational discusssion of the subject, but the CDE is engaged in self-aggrandizing deception, insinuating that students' education is being curtailed by an inanimate agency completely beyond the control of those administering our schools.  I reject this attempt, and put the blame squarely on those responsible for the falsifying the debacle in public education -- qui s'excuse, s'accuse!

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

The number all around are gonna be skewed because DPS policy is to give a student a "one day in school suspension" for MJ usage. If any one sites these numbers as some sort of justification for anything...they're idiots.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

So the faux "legalization" and the phony "medical" marijuana programs HAVE created a negative impact on CHILDREN, eh lying stoners?


do001
do001

Mane is correct. "There are liars, There are damn liars and then there are statisticans" ~ Mark Twain

Mc Shyster: you only appear to be another intollerant prohibitionist.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@Mane Rok  " If any one [sic] sites [sic] these numbers ..."


Another illiterate stoner who attended public skewls

[ cue exploding irony meter ]

mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@_McShyster_ What's phony about medical marijuana and how has it created a negative impact on children? 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@_McShyster_ nonsense -- and cannabis remains a favorite scapegoat of many of the clueless supporters of our failed system of public secondary education, because they have no explanation, much less excuse, for how most graduates lack twelfth-grade competencies.  Between supposed "reformers" pushing the idiocy that inadequate teachers are to blame for the catastrophe in public education and CETA and their ilk trying to blame cannabis in their political posturings, there is not so much as a hint in the mass media of any meaningful consideration of the problems of either education, or of adolescents' free access to cannabis and other (far more dangerous) drugs.  Since you are merely a police agent, you too have zero interest in resolving either of these problems.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@DipshitDoug

PPPAAPPPD !!

Stay puerile, punks.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@DipshitDoug ... sucks to be an over-regulated, over-taxed big $$ dispensary pig, don't it sucker?

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