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Daily Gazette Story: More Schenectady famlies opt for diversion over suspension

Daily Gazette Story: More Schenectady families opt for diversion over suspension
Posted on 01/03/2018
Daily Gazette Photo by Zach Matson with story "More Schenectady families opt for diversion over suspension"Daily Gazette, January 01 2018
More Schenectady famiies opt for diversion over suspension


Three years ago, things might have turned out differently for Schenectady sisters Kamiah and Kiani Beatty-Baker, seventh-graders at Mont Pleasant Middle School.

The siblings got caught up in a fight at the school one day in September; but instead of being slapped with a weekslong suspension, leaving them behind in schoolwork and disconnected from teachers, the sisters entered Schenectady’s diversion program, now in its second year.

Whenever a student in the district faces the potential of a suspension longer than five days, they head to a superintendent’s hearing to hash out the incident and determine a punishment. But now, students and their families have an alternative path: diversion.  Read the Daily Gazette Story Here


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