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Photos: Ten Colorado school districts with the most suspensions, expulsions

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Which Colorado school districts deal with the most discipline issues? The Colorado Department of Education has compiled the data for the 2012-2013 school year (the most recent one available), and the figures are staggering. Several districts in the state handled well over 10,000 incidents during that span, and statewide, there were more than 1,500 expulsions and in excess of 7,000 law-enforcement referrals.

Which districts saw the highest volume? We've put together a photo-illustrated top ten, with figures in nine different categories for each. Count them down below.

Number 10: Harrison 2/El Paso County

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Classroom suspensions: 997

In-school suspensions 1,035

Out-of-school suspensions: 1,111

Expulsions: 30

Referrals to law enforcment: 10

Other action taken: 118

Habitually disruptive students: 8

Unduplicated total count of students: 1,093

Duplicated total count of students: 4,402

Number 9: Poudre R-1/Larimer County

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Classroom suspensions: 398

In-school suspensions 1,258

Out-of-school suspensions: 1,408

Expulsions: 27

Referrals to law enforcment: 90

Other action taken: 0

Habitually disruptive students: 0

Unduplicated total count of students: 1,485

Duplicated total count of students: 4,666

Continue to keep counting down the ten Colorado school districts with the most suspensions and expulsions.



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Noneya Buisness
Noneya Buisness

yes it its the schools fault fuck adams fifty they can eat a dick

DelnDeb Cooper
DelnDeb Cooper

clear creek should be on there. horrible school district.

Heather Smith Parker
Heather Smith Parker

I rarely participate in these conversations but this ridiculous! First, these are some of the largest districts in the state so of course they are going to have the highest numbers of disciple issues. Second, Stan, I'm sorry but you could not be more wrong. It is the schools responsibility to educate. It is the parents responsibility to discipline and mold their children. The schools are underfunded, for the most part, the teachers are undervalued, and some parents expect them to not only educate their children, but to raise them. If parents/guardians would do their jobs and raise their children to respect authority and their peers then teachers/administrators could concentrate more on education. Maybe if parents did their jobs Colorado (one of the most highly educated states in the country) would not have a public school system ranked near the bottom of the US schools, because our teachers could do their jobs!!! Oh...and before anyone assumes I am just a teacher griping about parents, I am not, I am a stay at home Mom that is very active in the education of my children!! I'm sick of kids who are disruptive interfering with the education process of kids who are there to learn!!

Sasha Abramson
Sasha Abramson

Wow these terrible stock photos really make this story interesting!!

Christina Nguyen-Newman
Christina Nguyen-Newman

Well of course Denver & Jeff Co have the most! They're the biggest districts in the state!

Wendy Reynolds-Thomas
Wendy Reynolds-Thomas

Just being from the area...can't say I'm surprised to see Harrison on the list. Kinda surprised Sierra isn't listed

Teresa Youngblood Helms
Teresa Youngblood Helms

Please do a report that takes into account the # of students that attend these districts. I bet the order would change some, others not so much.

Teresa Youngblood Helms
Teresa Youngblood Helms

It's because it's one of the larger districts in the state of course it makes the list! Duh! The way this report was done is stupid it should be based on ratio of students.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

Once again, Westworld, you leave out the detail of how many students are enrolled in each district. Of course Denver and Jeffco are going to be near the top of this list because they are the largest school districts in the state.

Andy Herrmann
Andy Herrmann

Douglas County number 7! Ha keeping it classy

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

My kids attend Adam's 12. It's horrible, the teachers complain about the kids but egg them on. Kids do not face consequences in Adam's 12 until they hit high school or close to graduating. No child left behind but no child helped either even in the instance of asking for it. Adam's was just in the news for hiding a few million dollars but cutting funding for programs like MUSIC. I'm ashamed and embarrassed my kids even attend one of their schools. The ONLY school I've seen in Adam's 12 worth anything was North star Elem. But beyond that you I'm not surprised.

Jeannie Livesay Strubinger
Jeannie Livesay Strubinger

Of course Denver was #1!! They have some of the largest classes I've ever heard of and rather than creating new classes with less pupils, the students suffer, ALOT!!

Franklin Ball
Franklin Ball

This funny show how lazy the teachers are haha and shows the laziness of the state to

Sara J. Moneypenny
Sara J. Moneypenny

Terrible reporting. These are the largest school districts in the state. They therefore have the most students, and therefore have the most suspensions. Ridiculous. A per capita number would be the only way to appropriately report these data.

Kandi Janée
Kandi Janée

If you never tested the boundaries at school you didn't really live. Everyone gets suspended once or twice. It's not that big a deal. The problem really is administration is so scared to be sued they just suspend everyone with their zero tolerance rules that you don't really learn from your mistakes the lesson that should go with them

Denver Becca
Denver Becca

Bobbi, Good schools can have high discipline rates because they are constantly and fairly enforcing rules that help classrooms stay learning environments. Sometimes, discipline rates reflect adult follow-through.

Mike Gill
Mike Gill

These are the 10 largest school districts in the state. It only makes sense that they hold the most discipline issues.

Denver Becca
Denver Becca

Love how most of the comments are about the need for these to be per capita rate. Westwords readers are a well educated lot. Bree, every student and parent have to sign a code of conduct every year to enroll the student. Parents should read it and talk to their children about it. It's actually probably more of a fair chance than what the average citizen knows about the rules/laws that will affect their lives. So, yes, parents and children are expected to read and understand what they have read, in terms of student actions and consequences.

Charmaine Gilreath McCann
Charmaine Gilreath McCann

This reporting they need to do a per capata. But Jefferson county is one of the largest school district of course they have more kids. This is truly not reflecting the issue. They need __ suspensions per every ____ # of kids.

Bree Davis
Bree Davis

This is because the school districts have sticks so far up their assess and the legal aspects have changed so drastically yet there is ZERO education to parents and kids about what consequences are. The schools need to lighten up, be more realistic and reactive instead if proactive. It's all about money, still, even in school. Your child is arrested and at the end of it all, money is shelled out. It's pathetic how the schools are operating these days.

Nancy Holtzmaster
Nancy Holtzmaster

Those are probably the ten largest school districts. You would need to show the numbers per capita in order to demonstrate statistical significance.

Bobbi Chappell
Bobbi Chappell

Adams 12? Wow, I wouldn't have guessed. My mini me goes to a district 12 school, and I think it's a really good school

Carrie Hartman
Carrie Hartman

Also these numbers can mean that a district is strict with discipline procedures. Doesn't mean kids are necessarily more well behaved elsewhere. Just that they aren't suspended for their actions.

BrianMartinez
BrianMartinez

Lamest "photos" post ever. What, do you have free credits from your stock photo service to burn through or something?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

At least DPS is first at SOMETHING.

I know of an incompetent former DPS principal that told a teacher to "keep notes (on a student with a special education emotional disability) on XXX "SO WE CAN GET RID OF THEM."

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

As well, the article should point out the numbers racially---it'll show you the "school to prison" pipeline seeds.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

This article needs to have the number of students in each district added to it - otherwise, it's way to easy to take the numbers out of context. For example, since Denver and Jeffco are the two largest school districts in CO, it's really no surprise that they are no. 1 & 2 on this list. But Adams-Arapahoe 28J coming in at number 3 is significant, since it's half the size of Denver, and sixth in size in CO.

fukkdajetz
fukkdajetz

This statistic is dumb, how about you provide the rate instead of total numbers. Obviously the higher populated areas will have more students getting in trouble based off of probability. This is like saying the Denver metro area has the most crimes per year, no shit, it has the most people.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

That is not the issue with DPS.  The issue is that they have gotten rid of MANY of the experienced teachers and have replaced them with teachers that are little more than children themselves.  DPS will try to hide discipline issues when they can.  Next step is to try to get rid of the child.

What a shame the first step isn't to try to help the child and to teach them the skills they need to be effective.  But that would be expensive.  Someone will say the students get to meet with counselors.  Most psychologist time is pissed away on unneeded testing.  DPS psychologists are little more than glorified test proctors.  What a waste of talent, but DPS administrators make BAD decisions. 

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