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John King Asks Charters To Lead In Rethinking Student Discipline

As innovators in the classroom, the nation’s education leader called on charter schools to rethink student discipline so more kids remain in the classroom and have the opportunity to learn.

U.S. Secretary of Education John King, who spoke Tuesday at the National Charter School Conference in Nashville, urged charter schools to “focus on innovating to lead the way for our children.” He added he doesn’t have specifics for how charter-operated schools should seek to keep more students in schools.

The speech touched on a hot topic debate among some of the city’s education leaders, who have often criticized charter management organizations for “no excuses” discipline policies. But it also extends more broadly to traditionally run schools where out-of-school suspensions remain high.