New Orleans Schools Unite on Expulsions
Divergent practices led to the changes
This school year, most schools in New Orleans are using the same expulsion and enrollment policies and procedures for the first time since 2005, when many of the city's schools were taken over by a state authority or converted into charter schools as the school system was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina.
A centralized expulsion center, a new focus on identifying students who might be unwillingly leaving publicly funded schools, and a newly standardized enrollment system are among several efforts in the city that are aimed at protecting the rights of students involved in school disciplinary procedures.
The changes were spurred partly by data indicating that inconsistent and punitive discipline policies at city schools were resulting in large numbers of suspensions,...
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