California Bay Area schools scale back suspensions

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Goodbye, suspension. Hello, detention.

Pressed by law enforcement, civil-rights advocates and the realization that the way they disciplined students was failing, schools are keeping on campus more kids who talk back, throw tantrums or even threaten teachers.

From Los Angeles to Modesto to the Bay Area, districts are reducing suspensions, sometimes dramatically, and drawing raves and national attention -- but also bitter criticism.

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