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KICKED OUT OF KINDERGARTEN
Tougher discipline reaches lower grades
For some 5-year-olds, kindergarten means fights and classroom tantrums - behavior problems so severe that little kids sometimes are kicked out of school. More than 200 times last year, Greater Cincinnati kindergartners were expelled or suspended from school for at least one day, an Enquirer analysis of city and suburban school records shows.

One kindergartner, four schools
Christopher Rogers gets in trouble a lot. He's been removed from three Cincinnati-area schools and nearly expelled from a fourth for throwing temper tantrums and striking another kid. He is finally getting help to behave.
Photo gallery: Christopher's story
Christopher Rogers

Mt. Auburn Teaching children to cooperate
How can Survivor help children succeed? The Center for Peace Education uses the show in one Greater Cincinnati program that aims to help kids, some as young as 5, learn to solve conflicts through cooperation and good communication.

M O R E
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Mental health a problem at young ages
What should a parent do?


AREA SCHOOLS LEAD IN TOUGH DISCIPLINE
Officials worry kicked-out kids
are headed for failure

Two-thirds of local districts expelled students last year. Schools say they have no choice, but some parents, educators and community leaders say schools are overreacting and the punishments don't work.
Naomi Satterwhite

Programs keep problem students learning
Greater Cincinnati school districts are trying a variety of approaches to helping children learn to deal with conflict and succeed in life. Here are some of them.

THE RACIAL DIVIDE
Black students disciplined more
Black students are still more likely than white students to be disciplined at school - three decades after American education documented the disparity. Three-fourths of 40 Southwest Ohio school districts disciplined African-Americans at higher rates than whites last year, an Enquirer analysis of school discipline data shows. In more than half of schools, blacks were twice as likely to be suspended and sent home for at least one day.
Photo gallery: Racism roundtable

M O R E
. . .
Another chance engenders success at Winton Woods
The students speak: Their view on suspensions

A T   Y O U R   S C H O O L

See discipline rates for your school or school district and how those compare to others in your state. Find your school.
 
P H O T O  G A L L E R I E S

Christopher's story - One kindergartner's story
Racism roundtable - Students speak out
 
V I D E O

This project was a collaboration between The Enquirer and WCPO. These segments aired on 9News broadcasts:
The future cost
Christopher Rogers
 
V I E W S

Two parents on pros & cons
Alton L. Frailey, superintendent
Audrey J. Gover, teacher
Sue Taylor, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

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A B O U T   T H E   S E R I E S

"The Discipline Dilemma" is based on computer analysis of student discipline records obtained through open records requests from the Ohio and Kentucky education departments. Ohio data was from 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03. Kentucky data was from 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02. State data was matched with school enrollment numbers to determine discipline rates. The data contained no student names.

Stories were researched and written by education reporter Jennifer Mrozowski and business reporter John Byczkowski. Photographs are by Gary Landers.