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Leaders To Address Lowering Suspensions And Expulsions In Texas Schools

Updated: Wednesday, June 4 2014, 08:05 AM CDT
New this morning, a recent report shows more than half of all middle school and high schoolers in Texas had been expelled or suspended at least once. Now on Wednesday Texas’ top education leaders and lawmakers are coming together Wednesday to figure out how to cut the problem here in Texas.

A new follow-up report released Tuesday examines the issue nationwide. It concludes that schools need to do a better job preventing situations from happening instead of reacting to them.

It argues zero tolerance policies are hurting kids, and that right now, minority, disabled, and gay and lesbian students are being disproportionately singled out.

On Wednesday morning, some big names will talk about what these findings in the "School Discipline Consensus Report" means for Texas schools. Among them, Austin ISD interim superintendent Paul Cruz, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, and State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston).

A big focus will be the progress they've made so far in cutting the rate of suspensions and expulsions, what's behind those numbers, and the challenges they'll face going forward.

They'll also talk specifically about successful strategies in Austin schools and ways schools and law enforcement have been able to work together.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center put the report together.Leaders To Address Lowering Suspensions And Expulsions In Texas Schools


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