St. Paul says its schools are ahead of the nation on discipline

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A federal push to ease up on school suspensions and expulsions hasn’t caught the St. Paul schools off guard.

Over the past two years, suspensions have declined in the state’s second-largest school district precisely because of the sorts of actions now suggested by the federal government, district spokeswoman Toya Stewart Downey said.

St. Paul’s work, in fact, appears to be just what the Obama administration ordered with its new guidelines, issued Jan. 8, urging districts to scrap potentially discriminatory practices and employ strategies that include counseling for students and cultural-awareness training for school employees.

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