Because more than half of the decisions made in Minnesota schools every year to suspend or expel students involve some level of subjective decision making on the part of school officials, alternative strategies to suspension and expulsion that promote student development, improve school climate, increase academic achievement, reduce students misconduct class are encouraged.
Successfully implementing practices such as these can reduce the likelihood that school officials will suspend or expel a student while maintaining safe and orderly schools.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) offers support in these areas as well:
MDE School Technical Assistance Center will offer two weeks of training on Restorative Practices
throughout the state:
- Cloquet - June 11 to 15
- Bemidji - June 12 to 15
- Crystal - June 18 to 22