From the Ground Up, Feb. 13, 2009

Greetings, education partners.

This week, attorneys for a Beaufort County student finally got a chance to make the argument that North Carolina's school
districts have a constitutional responsibility to provide alternative education options for long-term suspended students. A ruling in the student's favor could have a positive impact on school discipline policies all over the state, because while the number of students being long-term suspended is rising at a steady clip, the number of public programs that serve suspended students is not. The problem is that too many local school districts do not believe they have a responsibility to educate young people while they are punishing them. At the same time state law does not mandate that schools provide continued education for suspended students, although it does encourage it.

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