Which School Districts in Illinois Have the Highest Rate of Suspensions, Expulsions?

Getting suspended or expelled from school are usually top punishments for misbehaving students, but some Illinois school districts use them more often than others.

Searching the Illinois State Board of Education's 2015 End of Year Discipline Report, we have put together a list of the 25 school districts that most often use out-of-school suspensions and expulsions. To avoid penalizing large districts that generally have more suspensions and expulsions due to high enrollment, we found the suspension and expulsion rates by dividing the number of incidents by district enrollment from the ISBE's 2014-2015 Illinois Report Card.

Suspensions

25. LaSalle- Peru Township HSD 120

  • Suspension rate: 24.8%
  • Number of suspensions: 303
  • Enrollment: 1,222

24. Springfield SD 186

  • Suspension rate: 27.8%
  • Number of suspensions: 4,188
  • Enrollment: 15,048
23. Freeport SD 145
  • Suspension rate: 29.4%
  • Number of suspensions: 1,208
  • Enrollment: 4,115

22. Fairmont SD 89

  • Suspension rate: 29.6%
  • Number of suspensions: 99
  • Enrollment: 335

21. Mt. Vernon Township HSD 201

  • Suspension rate: 30%
  • Number of suspensions: 370
  • Enrollment: 1,235

20. Harvey SD 152

  • Suspension rate: 30.2%
  • Number of suspensions: 684
  • Enrollment: 2,266

19. Lincoln CHSD 404

  • Suspension rate: 32.4%
  • Number of suspensions: 279
  • Enrollment: 862

18. Rockford SD 205

  • Suspension rate: 32.5%
  • Number of suspensions: 9,300
  • Enrollment: 28,650

17. Rock Falls Township HSD 301

  • Suspension rate: 32.8%
  • Number of suspensions: 213
  • Enrollment: 650

16. East Peoria CHSD 309

  • Suspension rate: 34.6%
  • Number of suspensions: 385
  • Enrollment: 1,112

To see the other 15 districts with the highest rate of suspensions as well as the 25 for expulsions, head over to Reboot Illinois.