- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A group including students and teachers is marching from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.

MLive.com and WWJ-AM report the trip began on Monday.

Organizers with the Harriet Tubman Center’s Youth Voice project say participants will cover the 85 miles in relay stages, ending Wednesday with a news conference on the steps of the Michigan Capitol. Some participants in the event plan to walk the entire route.

The walk comes as officials in Michigan and nationwide are raising concern about school suspension and expulsion policies. The Michigan Board of Education is expected to take action in May on a proposed model policy for reducing suspensions and expulsions.

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