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Broward County (Fla.) district embraces new discipline policy

The Broward County (Fla.) School Board has signed off on a plan that seeks to dramatically alter how schools handle student discipline. The Miami Herald says students no longer will be arrested for non-violent misdemeanor offenses that occur on school grounds — instead, they will receive counseling and mentoring services. The goal is to give misbehaving students a second chance and spare them the stigma that comes with a criminal record. The Broward district has been criticized in the past for arresting students for minor infractions that aren’t even criminal in nature.

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