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Mass school shootings have once again captured the national media attention leading to expansions of school security measures and practices. At the same time, the Department of Education has backtracked on prior administration’s guidance to reduce the use of exclusionary practices like suspension. And, while each of these changes stands to have implications for all students, the impacts may be particularly felt for traditionally disadvantaged groups of students, such as students of color or those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

EdSuspended explores these shifts in school discipline and safety policy and their implications for equity in education. Blog posts and guest columns explore the latest developments in school discipline and safety. At the heart of the content are insights based on empirical research that can inform policy and practice. EdSuspended is curated by F. Chris Curran, PhD, who is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the UMBC School of Public Policy.