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Pre-K suspensions make no sense [Editorial]
For years, the Maryland Department of Education has been urging the state's school systems to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions teachers and principals use to discipline disruptive or troublesome students. Under new guidelines issued last year, state school Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery asked educators to reserve suspension as a punishment of last resort to be used only after every other alternative had been exhausted. Kicking kids out of school rarely solves anything, because when those youngsters return, whatever it was that originally caused their bad behavior is likely to come right back with them. Moreover, the youngsters who get suspended are often the very kids who need to be in school most.
November 12, 2013