The board has been seeking to reduce out-of-school suspensions, keep more students in class and end racial disparities in discipline. It has emphasized a more rehabilitative approach toward student misconduct.
The proposed changes follow two years of meetings of a workgroup looking at the issue. According to the Post,
The changes the Maryland State Board of Education is considering would give the state’s 24 school systems more flexibility in managing discipline cases during appeals and provide more description of circumstances in cases that could lead to extended suspensions or expulsions of students. The regulations also would require that students suspended for short periods — one to three days — get the chance to complete school work they missed.
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