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Maryland's school board is aiming to reduce the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses.
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Maryland's school board is aiming to reduce the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses.

Maryland's school board is proposing that administrators be allowed to suspend students for more than ten days only if they believe it's the only way to keep the school safe.

The proposal is part of a state effort to cut the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses. The board also proposes studying the disproportionate number of suspensions for minorities and special education students.

In a report that outlines the move away from zero-tolerance policies, the board says it aims to keep students in school as much as possible and require educational support for those who are removed.

The board is seeking public comment over the next 30 days and plans to introduce the changes in April.

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