- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group of students and teachers has marched from Detroit to Lansing to protest what it says is the harmful and unnecessary suspensions and expulsions of schoolchildren for often-minor offenses.

The trip began Monday and concluded Wednesday on the state Capitol steps.

Organizers with the Harriet Tubman Center’s Youth Voice project say participants covered 85 miles in relay stages.

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

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told participants Wednesday that students shouldn’t be automatically suspended or expelled if other interventions can improve their behavior and keep them in school.

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