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Education Rights Project advocates to ensure that Nashville’s children with disabilities get a quality education, graduate from high school, and avoid contact with the juvenile justice system.


School is powerful.  Children who stay in school are more likely to stay out of the criminal justice system.

  • A child who is suspended is twice as likely to be arrested during the month of their suspension. (Monahan, VanDerhei, Bechtold, & Caufmann, 2014)
  • Children with a history of suspensions were 68 percent more likely to drop out of school, according to a national study. (Suh, Suh, and Houston, 2007)
  • Students with only 3 suspensions during the ninth grade had a 49% chance of dropping out of high school, according to a large study of Florida students. (Balfanz, Byrnes, and Fox, 2012)
  • Academic improvement is associated with less delinquent behavior over time. (Hoffmann, Lance, and Spence, 2013)

Keeping children in school can improve their lives.

  • African-American men under age 35 who did not complete high school are more likely to be in prison than employed. (National Research Council, 2014).
  • Students that stay in school and do not drop out have unemployment rates that are half their peers who leave school. The median pay among workers with a high school degree was $815 per week, compared to workers without a high school degree, who made only $471 per week. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)