Expelled Preschoolers

Preschoolers expelled more often than K-through-12 students

A new study has found that preschoolers in Ohio are expelled at a rate of nearly five per one-thousand -- lower than the national average but higher than the rate of their older peers in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Yale University study says the national rate is six-point-seven expulsions per one-thousand preschoolers. Ohio's rate places it 28th nationally. Still, child advocate groups says it's astounding so many youngsters are shown the schoolhouse door just a year or two after learning to walk. Researchers say the findings are troubling because educators agree that a strong preschool experience is crucial to a child's development, especially for minority children or those living in poverty.

Most of the expulsions stemmed from behavior problems in which a child created a disruption or posed a danger to other children.