Educators look for discipline options

More than 1,000 students are suspended in Johnson County schools each year, and typically more than 100 are expelled; but for the past few years counseling and alternative programs have led to fewer students being removed from class.

During the 2011-12 school year, the most recent numbers available, 1,067 students were suspended and 117 were expelled. Those numbers are down from past years, along with the number of students suspended or kicked out due to drugs, alcohol or weapons, according to data from the Indiana Department of Education and Center Grove schools.

School officials credit the drop to opening alternative academies, which allow students to finish school in programs outside traditional classrooms, and working with students to avoid kicking them out of school, if possible.

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