Baltimore City schools suspended nearly 8,500 students last year — a 25 percent increase from the previous year — despite several years of effort to reduce the rate of disciplinary removals.
City schools CEO Sonja Santelises said the district is investigating what led to the increase under her predecessor, Gregory Thornton. Santelises, who took over in July, suspects that many discipline reforms had unraveled.
"Baltimore was once a national front-runner in this area, so this is disconcerting," she said. "But it's not immobilizing."
City suspensions jumped from 6,760 in the 2014-2015 school year to 8,443 last year. The system had the...