So I was having a conversation recently about getting into trouble in school. I was a kid that at least wanted to do the right thing, and when I got into trouble it was for things like chronic lateness (why they want kids in school early when their bodies want to sleep late, and vice versa, has always been beyond me), but I did manage to see the inside of an in-school suspension room more than once. We didn't actually call it ISS, but it was the same concept - sit there and do nothing quietly while being watched by a teacher too incompetent to actually teach but too tenured to dismiss.
One of the people I was talking to, a current New Paltz high school student, said in reply, "I once walked out of ISS because I knew that I would get OSS instead."
More than all my analysis of the school code of conduct, I think that one comment supports my idea that it's stupid to send kids home, because that's where they would rather be. The only ones who don't want to go home are the ones whose parents beat them, and sending them home would be cruel.
So why, why, why, do we have out-of-school suspension?