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Frequent Flyers: Profiled While Accumulating Disciplinary Miles-The Color and Voice of School Discipline
Burton, Shelia

2014, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
Research findings are riddled with extensive data on the “at risk” characteristics of students suspended from school, particularly since the implementation of zero tolerance policies. Absent from the literature are specific findings on repeatedly suspended students’ longitudinal academic and non-academic profiles. Using an airline metaphor (i.e., Disciplinary Airlines) to present the findings of retrospective analyses conducted on multiple years of archived achievement test scores and discipline data, this study seeks to create such profiles of frequent flyers (“at risk” African American male repeatedly suspended students). Research results pinpoint the onset (number of miles) needed to become frequent flyers and the academic and behavioral impact of becoming frequent flyers, as well as show the relationship between academic difficulties (i.e. low performance on high-stakes reading tests) and disciplinary actions (i.e., suspensions and office referrals). While accumulating disciplinary miles, findings also reveal the three common infractions stamped on frequent flyers’ boarding passes. Along with quanitative data, qualitative data captured in interview notes from super flyers (frequent flyers in the schoolhouse-to-jailhouse pipeline) were analyzed to provide counternarratives that reframe insubordination (the number one reason for office referrals) as a type of resistance. Super flyers’ depictions of their insubordinate behaviors to perceived acts of disrespect may suggest a potential starting point of resistant behaviors. Implications from analyses that predict reading test scores, the probability of further infractions, the accumulated impact of suspensions, and the student voice on resistance provide tremendous opportunities for educators to address zero tolerance and its disparate impact. Reframing zero tolerance in a manner that captures the academic and non-academic profiles and voices of frequent flyers on Disciplinary Airlines, as well as others on the brink of joining the group, can provide a viable counternarrative to the current school discipline discourse.
Sally Lloyd, Dr/PhD (Committee Chair)
145 p.

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