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State to Schools: Reduce Number of Students Kicked Out of Class, Expelled

The Maryland Board of Education wants local school systems to move away from zero-tolerance policies and instead evaluate student discipline on a case-by-case basis.

State leaders want local school systems to move away from zero-tolerance policies and instead evaluate students case by case. File|Patch
State leaders want local school systems to move away from zero-tolerance policies and instead evaluate students case by case. File|Patch

Local school systems must work to reduce the number of long-term cases where students are out of classrooms or expelled from school under new regulations adopted Tuesday by the Maryland Board of Education.

The new rules are designed to keep students in school, end racial disparities in suspensions and seek more constructive punishment, reports Fox Baltimore TV.

Long-term out-of-school suspensions and expulsions would only be used when a student poses an imminent threat of serious harm or is engaged in chronic or extreme disruptive behavior, according to the new rules. Local school boards must revise their policies by the beginning of the next school year to reflect the changes, Fox says.

Districts can take their own approaches, says WJLA.com, but the state will monitor the affect policies have on minorities and special education students. State officials have encouraged districts to abandon zero-tolerance policies and instead evaluate discipline on a case-by-case basis.

macgeek January 30, 2014 at 09:36 AM
lets get rid of all the rules and let kids do whatever they want. After all, we don't want to hurt anyone's "feelings". This is a joke. Having worked 2 yrs for the school system, I can tell you it was the worst job I've ever had. Horrible stressful place to work. most decisions are based on what the parents or teachers want, and not always what's best for the kids.
Maryellen Brady January 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM
It is a far wiser move. ZERO tolerance is not acceptable when kids are in formative stages. SCHOOL is an opportunity to learn, to get another chance to do better and to be acquainted with the personnel and the skills that points to success. Kids are kids, they make mistakes, they need to be held accountable according to the DEED DONE, not for convenience sake. Justice is always individual and unique to each. The schools need to remind kids that they are special, unique and can make a difference. Good for school boards.

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