To understand the many dimensions to an issue, engaging the community is essential to understanding the context for data.
To bring this data to life, we asked New Orleans residents how they relate to the data in The Youth Index 2016. Here’s what they had to say about the topic of Percent of Out-of-School Suspensions:
This hits home for me both personally and professionally because as a result of the increased school suspensions, 5 out of 8 of my male cousins between the ages of 15 to 27 are currently incarcerated with 5 to 12 years of jail time. As a former principal, I used alternative measures instead of out of school suspensions.”