BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County's school board is easing its discipline policy and giving principals more discretion over how to handle serious offenses.
The school board voted to get rid of its zero-tolerance policy on discipline Tuesday. Its new policy puts the county more in line with state school board, which is planning to take action this year on discipline rules.
The policy also aims to reduce the number of days students are sent home for infractions. The county current has one of the highest suspension rates in the state.
Students and teachers will be get their first look at the new policy when it is passed out in the student handbook at the beginning of the school year.
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