School Discipline Often Meted Out Unevenly

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Michael Thompson, director, Council of State Governments Justice Center
Douglas Otto, superintendent, Plano Independent School District (Texas)
Matt Cregor, assistant counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

A report shows that nearly 60 percent of Texas students were suspended or expelled between 7th and 12th grade, many of them multiple times. That can lead students to stay back a grade, drop out of school or get in trouble with the law. Is it time to reassess how schools deal with bad behavior?

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