A new report released by the Texas Public Charter Schools Association shows that public charter schools in Texas discipline fewer of their students (7.2%) than district schools (10.5%).
In particular, Black students and children with disabilities – who have historically been over-disciplined in school – are significantly less likely to be removed from their classrooms when they attend public charters.
Among the report's key findings:
One explanation for these good results could be that 40% of charter schools report using restorative practices that focus on inclusion, equity, empathy, acceptance, and collaboration to help avoid strict disciplinary actions. We also know that charter schools have 4-5 times as many teachers of color. Research shows that teachers of color don’t interpret minor infractions by children of color the same as white teachers and that they are better able to deescalate misbehavior by children of color.
Regardless of the reasons, the data is indisputable: Public charter schools have lower discipline rates and are doing their part to keep more students in the classroom and learning.