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Princeton, NJ: School district to study disabled student suspensions

Aug 16, 2017, CentralJersey.com: PRINCETON: School district to re-examine policy on suspensions http://www.centraljersey.com/news/princeton-school-district-to-re-examine-policy-on-suspensions/article_3859c412-82bd-11e7-9923-6fc5ad60deae.html Student discipline in the Princeton school district is getting a fresh look, with the Board of Education questioning how and when students get suspended from school.… She said Superintendent of Schools Stephen C. Cochrane was going to meet with administrators at the high school and the middle school to go over suspension protocols. New state law, she said, has required the board to update its policy on suspensions and expulsions. She said one proposed change would be to require principals to consult with a student’s guidance counselor or case manager before suspending any student who is either classified as special education or has a disability, like attention deficit order. Kendal said the rationale is that kids should not be punished for “behavior that is a manifestation of their disability.” “We want to make sure that’s not happening,” she said in a district where about 22 percent of students are either special education or have another disability.