Wisconsin district will vote on scaled-back behavior plan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Madison School Board is weighing whether to implement a new student-discipline policy across the district next school year or to try it out first for a year in schools with higher numbers of reported behavioral problems.

The proposal to launch the new policy as a pilot program in 11 schools next school year instead of district-wide surfaced at a board meeting Tuesday night.

District officials and board members want to create a new discipline policy because current practices have disproportionately affected black students. The goal of the new policy, which has been under development for months, is to reduce the number of students who are suspended and expelled and to help them improve their behavior.

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