School Suspensions

  • In 2003, RISC started a campaign to get the Richmond Public school system and related city agencies to implement best practices to reduce truancy. We asked for better reporting by schools, a truancy hotline, youth drop-off center and truancy officers.  The truancy rate in Richmond Public schools had climbed to 26% on average in 2003-04.


  • A Truancy Task Force was created in 2005 involving over 30 organizations from government, non-profit and business sectors, working together to get students back in schools. Over 1 million dollars has been leveraged for the city to address this serious problem.  By the end of June 2005, after the first of our reforms were put in place, it was announced that the rate had dropped to 15% overall.


  • In 2010, RISC addressed school suspensions in Richmond Elementary schools, some schools were averaging more than one out of school suspension per student each year.  RISC got commitments from Richmond school Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon to implement an intervention program where parents, teachers and administrators meet to come up with more effective discipline policies.
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