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In Baltimore, expulsions are forever
In Baltimore, expulsions are forever

Everard Grant knows his 16-year-old stepson made a huge mistake when he lit a poster on fire at his Baltimore high school. But he doesn't think he deserves to be shut out of the city's public schools forever. The boy, Tyrone Jamison, is one of 34 students who have been permanently expelled from Baltimore schools this academic year. That number has increased drastically over previous years because of a decision by schools chief Andrés Alonso to impose the most severe punishment for those caught committing arson or detonating explosives. Students may appeal to the city school board and after that the state board of education, but if the expulsions are upheld, they are never...