- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A new report shows that Buffalo public schools are handing out fewer suspensions for non-violent offenses since shifting to a policy of “restorative justice.”

The district did away with its zero-tolerance philosophy in 2013, three years after a 15-year-old student was shot and killed at a bus stop after being thrown out of school for wandering the halls.

The new policy replaced punitive suspensions with positive intervention and prevention strategies like conflict resolution and counseling referrals.

The Alliance for Quality Education, one of several groups that supported the change, says the new policy is working, but finds room for improvement. The report released Wednesday says the majority of students suspended are black or Latino and urges the city to take steps to address the racial disparities.

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