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Webinar: The Effects of a Statewide Ban on School Suspensions in Early Primary Grades

Please join us for the upcoming presentation of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Research Series Virtual Brown Bag. This brown bag is a forum to bring together researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to discuss in-progress research on academic and workforce outcomes.

"The Effects of a Statewide Ban on School Suspensions in Early Primary Grades"

Date and Time:

Friday, March 17, 202 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET


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Title: The Effects of a Statewide Ban on School Suspensions in Early Primary Grades


Beginning in the fall of 2017, the State of Maryland banned the use of out-of-school suspensions for grades PreK-2. Students in PreK-2 can only be suspended if they pose an “imminent threat” to staff or students, while students in other grades can still be suspended for lesser infractions (COMAR 13A.08.01.11 C). In collaboration with MSDE, this research used the implementation of Maryland’s suspension ban to test whether a top-down state-initiated ban on suspensions in early primary can influence school behavior regarding school discipline. The research questions were:

  1. What was the effect of the ban on discipline outcomes for students in grades with and without the ban?

  2. Did schools bypass the ban by coding more events as threatening or increasing the use of in-school suspensions?

  3. Are there differential effects for students in groups that are historically suspended more often? and

  4. Did the ban have negative or positive effects on student attendance and academic outcomes?

Implications for policy related to out-of-school suspensions will be discussed.

  • Presenter: Dr. Jane Arnold Lincove, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • Co-Authors: Catherine Mata, and Kalena Cortes

About the Presenter

Jane Arnold Lincove is a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Research Staff at the MLDS Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA. Her research examines the design and effects of market-based education reforms in the US and developing countries. Current research interests include hiring and compensation policies in charter schools, school choice, and the effects of school discipline policies on students. Research affiliations include the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, the IES-funding National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH), the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, and Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) at Michigan State University.

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