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State may let schools dodge accountability for suspending for more student offenses


Charleston Gazette-Mail

A group assembled by state education leaders met Tuesday to discuss possible changes to school discipline.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Ryan Quinn)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A group chosen by state education leaders has recommended giving county boards of education, and perhaps even individual principals, freedom to label student offenses currently considered less serious as more serious.

This would allow schools to newly punish such offenses with out-of-school suspensions without having it held against them.

The recommendation, which would have to be approved by the West Virginia Board of Education to take effect, comes amid continuing national concerns that schools are overusing suspensions and black students are being disciplined more harshly for the same offenses as white students.

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