Minneapolis schools look at new ways to discipline students

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Facing federal scrutiny, Minneapolis schools are considering revisions to a discipline policy that is intended to keep order in classrooms but has imposed heavier ­penalties on black and American Indian ­students, especially boys and special education students.

The first revision in 10 years — and the fifth in the past 30 — comes before the school board Tuesday night. It places a new emphasis on measures designed to address the behavior of disruptive students while keeping them in school. Chief among them are restorative conversations, which bring together a ­student who has acted out and those affected by the actions. They’re aimed at talking out issues to reknit the offending student with a ­classroom.

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