Racial Educational Equity

Reducing Exclusionary Discipline

Students of color are up to three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students. This is especially true for boys. The disproportionate use of exclusionary discipline is a stark reminder of the cultural and racial divides in our community. Exclusionary discipline removes students from the learning environment, and it is one of the top predictors of dropping out of high school.

Since 2012, we have partnered with the Coalition of Communities of Color to increase racial equity for our school-aged children. Over the past year we’ve taken that work to the ground, partnering with six schools to explore how collaboration and focused action can reduce behavior referrals.


Key Impacts

  • All seven of our partner school districts created board-approved equity policies with a clear directive to address racial inequities in school discipline.
  • Suspensions and expulsions in Multnomah County have dropped 31% since 2011–12.
  • Over the last two years of working with All Hands Raised, the percentage of African American students at Reynolds Middle School who have received a referral in a given year has dropped by 12.9 percentage points, from 39.7% to 26.8%. Additionally, the average number of referrals an African American student receives in a year has dropped by 55%, from 3.6 to 1.6. Read more about their progress here.


School Community Sites

Currently, All Hands Raised is working on the ground with the school community sites below. Click here or on the image to learn more about these teams.


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