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City school district discusses suspensions

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo School District tells WBFO News it has been reducing school suspensions at a "dramatic rate".

The District is responding to a report issued this week by Citizen Action that claimed one in four students in city school students received suspensions. Former state senator Antoine Thompson compiled the report.

Thompson called some of the suspensions at the elementary level "tragic". The community organization criticizes the district for its out-of-school suspension policy for non-criminal activities.

But the city school district's Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes tells WBFO'S Eileen Buckley in-school suspension programs are already in place.