New York City public schools are loosening their rules so that there are fewer suspensions, reports CBS New York.
Cutting class, smoking and cursing will no longer be grounds for suspension. Vandalism and physical altercations in middle and high school will still be grounds for suspension.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said: “Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well.”
Some parents questioned the change in rules.
Upper West Side resident Gwen Baez told CBS New York: “If they’re caught [smoking] on premises that can cause a fire. I think they should keep suspending for that because the kids need know there is right, wrong and there are consequences.”
Education law specialist Nelson Mar supported the new rules: “Often times when children are removed for disciplinary measures it has a negative impact on education, so they have a greater likelihood of actually failing their classes and also a greater likelihood of them dropping out.”