It's a new school year - a clean slate for students who found themselves in the principal's office too often last year. In fact, it might be standing room only in the office at Roswell Kent Middle School. According to data available from the Ohio Department of Education, Roswell Kent has the most troublesome students of any traditional building in Akron Public Schools. There were 366 disciplinary actions per 100 students last school year at the middle school that feeds into Garfield High School. The young Rams must mature when they leave Roswell Kent; There were 122 disciplinary actions per 100 students at Garfield. The highest numbers district wide (disciplinary actions per 100 students):
- Roswell Kent Middle School 366.5
- East CLC 356
- Jennings CLC 301.1
- Innes CLC 292.3
- Litchfield Middle School 218.2
How are they getting in trouble at these and the rest of the school?
Despite the thousands of things that happened that led to suspensions, many of the numbers are improving. For example, the number of disciplinary actions for disobedient or disruptive behavior and for fighting or other violence are were down significantly in 2012-13 from the previous school year. Fewer kids were disciplined for getting caught with tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. The biggest jump lies with truancy. The data do not indicate that more students are truant, but they do suggest that more students are being suspended because of truancy.
Of course, there will be students who misbehave in every building, every school district, but the numbers are significantly lower for every other school district in Summit County than in Akron Public Schools. The Ohio Department of Education shows 106 disciplinary actions per 100 students in Akron Public Schools. The second highest was in Springfield Local Schools last school year, but only 55 actions per 100 students. The fewest problems? Follow the money. Hudson and Revere each report 3.9 disciplinary actions per 100 students. It's hard to say where Green falls since the education department website shows zero actions per 100 students.
Data derived from Ohio Department of Education
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All numbers represent actions per 100 students