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UCLA: Higher Suspension Rates are Linked to Feeling Less ‘Connected’ at School

Adolescents attending schools with high suspension rates reported lower levels of feeling “connected” at school, according to a recent study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Center for Health Policy Research. Previous research has shown that feeling “connected” at school and volunteering relate to a positive school climate. Researchers also found that connectedness and volunteerism varied by race and income.

The study used 2015 to 2017 California Health Interview Survey data from adolescents ages 12 to 17 and suspension rates from the California Department of Education.

Some key findings from the study are:

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