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Rise & Shine: In Detroit, a push to give school leaders more flexibility on student discipline

Good morning!

The Detroit school district is set to roll out some changes to the student code of conduct that will address concerns officials have heard since the code was revamped about a year ago.

Overall, the changes are designed to give school leaders more flexibility in dealing with student misbehavior. For instance, school disciplinarians would be able to refer a student for suspension after the first instance of fighting. That’s not possible now.

Read my story here to find out more, including why short-shorts figure into the changes.

Also, be sure to check out this piece from freelancer Kyla Heat about some changes that are in store for gifted and talented education in the district.

Keep scrolling down for more education headlines. And have a great Thursday!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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STUDENT DISCIPLINE Detroit school leaders could get more flexibility in meting out student discipline as the district looks to revise the student code of conduct. Chalkbeat

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