W.Va. school discipline report reveals disproportionate impact on marginalized students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — The state school board learned Wednesday West Virginia’s quick-to-suspend disciplinary practices are disproportionally impacting black, poor, foster, homeless and disabled youth. A new school discipline report shows a negative impact on the education of 28,000 students suspended statewide in 2022.

The impact of those suspensions has left West Virginia with a problem of epic proportions.

A discipline report shows 11% of the state’s school population lost more than 177,000 instructional days last year. The average suspension ran six days but students in foster care averaged nearly two school weeks and black students nine days.