School Suspension in North Carolina


School Suspension in North Carolina: Research and Policy Options

April 27, 2010

Dropout prevention. Academic achievement. Juvenile delinquency. Truancy and compulsory school attendance. North Carolina’s state and district-level school suspension policy for K-12 students has implications for each of these critical issues.

What does the law say? What do the numbers say? How do districts’ suspension policies differ and why does that matter? What are policy options for addressing concerns stemming from news that North Carolina has the fourth highest suspension rate in the country?

The 2010 Family Impact Seminar held at the North Carolina legislature, was convened by the Center for Child and Family Policy to provide objective, non-advocacy, solution-oriented research on the issue of school suspension. Family Impact Seminars encourage policymakers to consider the impact of policies on families just as they would the impact on the economy or the environment.


  1. Why does school suspension matter?
  2. North Carolina suspension law overview
  3. How other states address the suspension challenge
  4. Research on suspension and alternatives to suspension
  5. Overview of school suspension in North Carolina
  6. Policy options for North Carolina