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Mike Ford: What to Do with Disruptive Students

April 16, 2013

New reports have found that one in four African-American students has been suspended, compared to less than one in ten white students. School discipline is a controversial issue. Are kids responsible for their own bad behavior? Are their parents? What about schools? A new report shows how concerned Milwaukee parents and teachers are about badly behaved students, and discusses some ways reduce the negative effects of such behavior both on the disruptive kids and their well-behaved classmates. Mike Ford is research director at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, and he joins the podcast to discuss his report. It puts numbers to how much disruptive students reduce other students’ learning, and suggests two solutions: Putting disruptive children in online education, and character education in public schools.