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When Slavery Resembles Freedom

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Several decades of research demonstrate persistent racial disparities in disciplinary rates and disparities based on disability status;7 but, much of extant data have not analyzed how these policies affect those students who live at the intersection of these two identities. The literature available, however, does suggest that students of color with disabilities face exclusionary discipline8 pushing them into the “school-to-prison pipeline” at much higher rates than their peers without disabilities.9 And while exclusionary discipline has been shown to be harmful for the educational attainment of all students, students with disabilities, particularly those who are students of color, face even more challenges when they are not able to receive a quality education.10 
Exclusionary discipline practices place students at risk for experiencing a wide range of correlated educational, economic, and social problems, including school avoidance, increased likelihood of dropping out, and involvement with the juvenile justice system.