Bad Behavior or Implicit Bias

What’s driving school push-out for girls, nationally and locally?


In the District, Black and Latina Girls are nine times more likely to receive an in-school suspension than other girls, and they are also most likely to report feeling unsafe on their way to and from school. 

Join us for discussion on the impact of harsh disciplinary practices on the educational experiences and outcomes of young women and girls of color. Expert panelists will explore the role of implicit bias and racialization on disparate disciplinary actions and outcomes in schools; how to keep girls in school and learning; and emerging strategies and policies to prevent push out. 

Join the conversation online by following @TheWomensFndtn and by using the hashtags #GirlsLEADdc and #schoolpushout. 


Shamarla McCoy
Education Policy Director, Advocates for Children and Youth 

Ameisha Cross
Director of Policy and External Relations, NBCDI 

Bloodine Barthelus
Director, School Climate and SEL, DC Public School District 


Maheen Kaleem, Esq. 
Staff Attorney, Rights4Girls