Amendment to supplement suspension with community service

Updated: 01/31/2014 6:58 AM
Created: 01/31/2014 2:24 AM WHEC.com

There's a new plan in Albany to help at-risk students suspended from school put their discipline periods to good use.

A proposed education amendment making the rounds in Albany calls for new authority for school administrators, empowering them to assign community service projects to kids who are suspended from school.

Lawmakers say the amendment means keeping those students out of the classroom, but helping them use that time to help others and see other walks of life.

According to our affiliate in Albany, legislators say it will keep kids away from televisions, computers and trouble on their mandatory days out of school and teach them life lessons you can't learn in the classroom.

WNYT reports that the education amendment has bi-partisan support; it was introduced in the state Assembly by a Democrat and the Senate by a Republican.

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