The eighth annual report produced by the Kentucky Center for School Safety and is cause for celebration. Most importantly, these data show a dramatic reduction over the five-year period under study here in:
• Total disciplinary actions for Part I offenses,
• Total disciplinary actions for Part II offenses, and
• Disciplinary actions for the most serious offenses of aggravated assault, arson, larceny/theft and burglary.
Additionally, no criminal homicides or forcible rapes were reported for the same fiveyear period.
Furthermore, encouraging developments can be seen in:
• The steady decline in disciplinary actions for board violations that has occurred over the past four years
• A 32.06% decrease in drug abuse incidents from the 2003-2004 peak in these incidents,
• A 2.66% decrease in suspensions for board policy violations from last year's total, and an 8.30% decrease from the 2003-2004 peak in these incidents; and
• A 2.7% decrease from last year in the number of days students were suspended from school and a 9.8% decrease from the 2003-2004 peak.
Nevertheless, not all the news from this report is good news. For the first time in five years, the number of disciplinary actions for both Part I and Part II Law violations increased slightly.
Furthermore, despite the overall decrease in the five-year trend for these offenses, both aggravated assault and arson increased from 2005-2006 to 2006-2007. Additionally, disciplinary actions for drunkenness and prescription drug possession have increased dramatically over the past three years.
These findings suggest that, at least for some law violations, the encouraging trends of decreases over the last four years may be over.
The reports below are the results of that analysis for the 2006-2007 academic year.
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