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Why Some LAUSD Teachers Are Balking at a New Approach to Discipline Problems

The shift has brought dramatic changes: Suspensions districtwide plummeted to 0.55% last school year compared with 8% in 2007-08, and days lost to suspension also plunged, to 5,024 from 75,000 during that same period, according to the most recent data. The district moved to ban suspensions amid national concern that they imperil academic achievement and disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans. But many teachers say their classrooms are reeling from unruly students who are escaping consequences for their actions.