Lansing's Expulsions On the Decline

School Desk
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The Lansing School District isn't expelling as many students as it did last year. School officials say keeping safety and order is one of their top priorities.

The district is seeing a decrease in the number of expulsions. Twenty-seven were expelled from Lansing schools this year, down from 35 last year.

Out of the 27, 11 were full-year expulsions lasting 180 days. They range from verbal threats and bomb threats to assaults.

Lansing saw a spike during the 1999-2000 school year, with 107. Officials attribute the expulsions to a change in the law, requiring schools to expel students for verbal assaults.

The law has since been changed. Expelled students can go to a district program called New Beginning. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for reinstatement.