- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

AMITE, La. (AP) - A new member of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board wants to revisit the system’s suspension and expulsion policies.

The Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1Qe3yck) Betty Robinson, who was elected in October, has called for the instructional accountability and support committee to look at the policies, which were recently revised.

Robinson says black students are disproportionally given suspensions and expulsions, which hold them back academically. She said the district should have people who have sensitivity training and experience with handling at-risk minority students to make decisions on suspensions and expulsions.

The board agreed Tuesday to task the instructional accountability and support committee with revisiting the policies and discussing if specific changes are needed.

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