- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Fewer students in Chicago public schools are getting suspended after the district revised discipline policies.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Friday announced a 23 percent drop in suspensions between the 2010 school year and last year. Suspensions through January this school year are down 36 percent from the same time during the 2010 school year.

Chicago public schools moved away from a zero-tolerance approach in 2012. School officials say they now focus more on restorative justice and positive classrooms. School officials say stricter rules cut into attendance and academic achievement.

Bennett says these changes led to fewer suspensions. She says suspensions cut into instruction time, but the new rules give students more support.

Chicago public schools have given out about 14,500 suspensions so far this school year.

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