The percentage of Pinellas County’s high school students serving in-school suspensions during the 2006-2007 school year increased to 26.9%, the highest rate in eight years. The percentage of middle school students serving in-school suspensions also increased, but not to the degree of increase exhibited among high school students. Although elementary school suspensions are at a very low rate, the percentage of students receiving suspensions increased to a new multi-year high.
A comparison of in-school suspension rates between Pinellas County, the state and similarly sized counties for the 2006-2007 school year shows that Pinellas’ rate was slightly above Duval and Hillsborough counties and substantially above the state, Orange and Palm Beach counties.
The percentage of Pinellas County’s high school and middle school students serving out-of-school suspensions increased during the last two school years. Nevertheless, the long-term declining trend is still apparent. Although the trend of elementary school students’ out-of-school suspensions has been relatively flat, the last two years have increased.
In 2006-2007, the percentage of Pinellas County students serving out-of school suspensions was fractionally above the state average. Compared to other similarly sized counties, Pinellas was in the middle of the group.
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