Suspension is too much like a mini-vacation, Miami educators decided. Now many students serve on-campus suspension. They attend a special class for students in trouble until they’re cleared to return to regular classes.
Under the initiative, students found guilty of infractions like fighting and cheating must attend a conference with their parents and a school administrator. The students are given several options of punishment that include tutoring programs and supervised workshops, like (teacher Harold) Barnwell’s class.
”Getting parents involved has drastically reduced the numbers of suspensions,” (Region Superintendent Marcos) Moran said.
Getting parents involved, making kids work during suspensions . . . It’s a brave new world.