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Calls continue for change in Buffalo's student suspension policy

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The Buffalo Public School District and the District Parent Coordinating Council agree that student suspensions remain a problem in city schools.

The two sides have long been feuding about suspensions, with the district attempting to shift away from out-of-school suspensions to more in-school and working with counselors to figure out why there is a problem. 

The DPCC plans to talk Monday about a Waterfront student who the parent organization is claiming to have had 80 suspensions.

The District tells WBFO News it is looking into that number saying such a high rate for one student would make up "well over half of our total suspensions this year."  The District said suspensions for that might be the tally for "the entire academic career of this unnamed child."

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie said the situation for city school suspensions is improving.

"Our suspensions have decreased steadily in the last over the year. And, I think when you lump long-term and short-term suspensions together it can definitely be misleading," Ogilvie said.

Ogilvie said the entire process of suspensions counseling even home-schooling for a suspended student must live within the school district's budget.

DPCC President Sam Radford said the resources aren't there and plans to call on the federal U.S. Justice Department to probe suspensions