Let’s help pre-K children succeed, not expel them
Expelling students from pre-K programs can predispose them to a number of risks including school failure, teen pregnancy, unemployment and violence. (Hero Images / Getty Images)
How can we expect to solve crime and poverty when we’re expelling preschoolers?
Across the nation, more than 5,000 pre-kindergarten students are expelled each year (as many as 6,500 in 2013-14), predisposing them to a number of risks including school failure, teen pregnancy, unemployment and violence. In Illinois, nearly three preschoolers are expelled for every 1,000 enrolled — a rate three times higher than that for K-12 students. For already at-risk children, being expelled from preschool can put them one step closer to the school-to-prison pipeline. Read more…