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Task Force Urges Changes in School Discipline

05.30.2013 | SchoolBook | An influential group of criminal justice and youth experts is urging the next mayor of New York City to reform the way students are disciplined, and dramatically reduce the number of school suspensions and arrests. “Suspension and arrest significantly increase the likelihood of students repeating a grade, dropping out of school entirely and ultimately facing the court system,” said Judge Judith Kaye, former chief judge for New York. Last year in New York City, nearly 900 students were arrested at school and nearly 70,000 students were suspended. Kaye convened a 45-member task force in 2011 to examine the issue. On Thursday it released the report called Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court. Read article