In Depth

ACT public school students with disabilities overrepresented in suspension data

Sarah Lansdown
By Sarah Lansdown
July 31 2022 - 7:31pm
Jen Maskell's two sons had their first formal suspensions in the same week in 2019. This set off an escalation of school suspensions which had a negative impact on her family. Picture: Karleen Minney

Students with a disability are overrepresented in suspensions given out by ACT public schools as advocates warned the punitive measures were pushing students down a path of disadvantage.

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Sarah Lansdown

Sarah Lansdown

Canberra Times education reporter

Sarah covers all stages of education in the capital, from early childhood to higher education. Previously she was a general news reporter at The Advocate in North West Tasmania. She was named Best New Journalist at the 2019 Tasmanian Media Awards for a series on paramedic shortages. Email: sarah.lansdown@canberratimes.com.au

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