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Group asks Dayton schools to reduce suspensions

Published: April 16, 2014 5:40 AM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A community activist group is asking Dayton city schools to reduce its number of out-of-school suspensions.

Vernellia Randall, a University of Dayton law professor, says the district's suspensions rate is four times higher than the state average.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1jJXHuy ) Randall told the Dayton school board Tuesday that black students are suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.

Randall cited research that out-of-school suspensions make students more likely to drop out.

Dayton Superintendent Lori Ward said the district would review the data presented by the group Racial Justice Now before commenting.

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The group proposed that Dayton stop out-of-school suspensions for preschool through third-grade students next year, with a moratorium on suspensions for disobedient behavior, truancy, use of tobacco and profanity the following year.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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