Baltimore County Gave Out Most Suspensions, Expulsions In 2022


Credit: Maryland Department of Education

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Newly released data from the Maryland State Department of Education revealed startling data about the rates of suspension and expulsion in Baltimore County Public Schools.

The report tracks data from the 2021-2022 school year and shows that Baltimore County Public Schools administered a disproportionate number of suspensions and expulsions over the last year.

BCPS has an enrollment of approximately 111,000 students and gave out 11,332 suspensions and expulsions during the last school year.

BCPS Board of Education member Julie Henn depressed concern over this data in a Facebook post.

"Data show that while Baltimore County enrolls 12% of students in the state, the district administered 20% of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for 2021-2022 - the highest number in the state," Henn wrote. "We must continue to work to improve school climate for learning to happen. But it's also clear that consequences are being administered for serious offenses."

The report lists the "major offenses" which cause suspension or expulsion and the number of occurrences over the past year.

  • 5,228 were suspended for attacks, threats, or fighting
  • 4,222 for disrespect or disruption
  • 789 for dangerous substances
  • 400 for weapons
  • 237 for sex offenses
  • 72 for arson, fire, or explosives
  • 374 for "other" offenses

The Baltimore County schools that administered the most suspensions last year were:

  • Deer Park Middle Magnet School: 552 suspensions or expulsions
  • Dundalk Middle School: 508 suspensions or expulsions
  • Dundalk High School: 446 suspensions or expulsions
  • Parkville High School: 375 suspensions or expulsions
  • General John Stricker Middle School: 360 suspensions or expulsions

You can read the full report here.

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