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Group Says CCS Suspended Too Many Students Last Year, Forcing Them Into Criminal Activity

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There are calls to reform the disciplinary system in the Columbus City Schools.  Hundreds of people turned out last night for a forum at the state fairgrounds, demanding the schools and courts team up to fix what they call a "school to prison pipeline."  The group called BREAD (Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity) organized the event. The group says 26-thousand suspensions were handed down in the district last year, leading many students to drop out and turn to crime.  The group is proposing the creation of a restorative justice program that links youth offenders to other students and teachers to solve their problems.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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