DALLAS (AP) - A study out today finds almost 60 percent of Texas school students received punishments ranging from expulsion public to in-school suspensions of a single period at least once between seventh and 12th grades.
The nonprofit Council of State Governments Justice Center did the study with Texas A&M's Public Policy Research Institute.
Center director Michael Thompson says policymakers should be asking if the school discipline system is getting the outcomes they want.
The study followed about 1 million Texas children who began seventh grade in 2000, 2001 or 2002. Those in the school disciplinary system averaged eight suspensions or expulsions.