Jefferson County elementary suspensions rise dramatically

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Suspensions at Jefferson County public elementary schools have jumped more than 80 percent this year, already surpassing the number of suspensions handed down during any school year in at least the past decade.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/22tFURt ) reports that more than 900 kindergarten through fifth-grade students have been sent home on suspension at least once so far this school year.

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Jefferson County Assistant Superintendent Joe Leffert says the reasons behind this year’s increase are unclear. He says “schools are following the code of conduct.”

District data shows that fighting accounted for more than half of the elementary suspensions.

The number of suspensions still represents only a small fraction of elementary students in JCPS – about 2 percent. That percentage is not out of line with national trends of elementary suspensions.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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