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New Law Encourages Use of Grants, Data to Improve Discipline

During Brittany Scherer’s first year teaching at Arlington High School, she remembers a boy who got suspended for a couple days when, in frustration, he blew up at a teacher.

While he was out of school, he broke into a home and was arrested. He never returned to eighth grade.

“If he would’ve been in school, he wouldn’t ever have had the chance to break into a house at 1 p.m. on a Tuesday,” Scherer, 25, said. “That’s what really sparked my interest in getting involved with discipline…the kid got frustrated and made some poor choices, but that could’ve been defused.”