Educational Technology

February 16, 2014

Massachusetts Law ensures suspensions don’t stop the learning

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:28 am

By Grant Welker, Lowell Sun

Thanks to a new law, public schools, including charter schools, will be required to ensure that students who are suspended or expelled from school are able to continue learning. Schools will be obligated to provide educational services to those students, and are encouraged to seek disciplinary alternatives to suspension or expulsion. North Adams, a district less than one-fifth the size of Fall River’s, offers students an online “learning lab” in the high school that is mostly self-directed and operates year-round. In Springfield, one of the state’s largest districts, offers two school settings during typical school hours, one for in-school suspensions and the other for out-of-school suspensions. In each of those three districts, students other than those who are suspended take part, including special-education students and those missing class for medical reasons.

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