Durham school board to address discipline policy

Superintendent Bert L'Homme of the Durham Public Schools.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The Durham Public Schools Board of Education meets Thursday night, with one of the key issues being the school discipline policy.

Superintendent Bert L’Homme has said the new policy would be aimed more at rewarding those who exhibit positive behavior, rather than focusing on punishing those who do wrong.

The school board is expected to vote on the policy at Thursday’s meeting.

A task force consisting of 47 people has been working on the policy for a year.

The suspensions have been largely involving black students. According to state records, the school system had 5,934 short-term suspensions in 2011-12 and 61 long-term suspensions for that school year. Of the short-term suspensions, 3,185 were black males and 1,469 were black females.

According to preliminary numbers for 2014-15, there were 64 long-term suspensions and and 2,511 students who faced short-term suspensions.

The meeting will be held at the Fuller Administration Building at 511 Cleveland Street. The meeting is called to order at 6:30 p.m.

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