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High School Suspensions Plummet After Change in Discipline Strategy

Montgomery County Sees High School Suspensions Plummet

In Maryland's Montgomery County, high school suspensions dropped 37 percent in the past school year as the district made efforts to use alternatives to out-of-school punishments and reduce racial disparities in discipline. 

According to the Washington Post, figures show that suspensions in the county's 25 high schools dropped from 2,263 in the 2012-2013 school year to 1,432 by the end of this June. Suspensions for minority students fell by more than 600, and while the gap is narrowing, suspensions of minority students still continue to occur in "disproportionate numbers."

"We've shown we can make real progess," said Superintendent Joshua P. Starr. "In no way, shape or form are we saying we are done."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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