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DOE: Fewer Students Getting Suspended In City Schools

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Fewer students are getting suspended from city schools, according to new numbers from the New York City Department of Education.

The DOE says that fewer than 70,000 students were suspended in the 2011-2012 school year, a 5 percent drop from the DOE's report the previous year.

The new figures come almost three months after the DOE made changes to its disciplinary code.

Under the new rules, officials say students caught smoking, swearing, or cutting class are not suspended. They're now given warnings, parent conferences, or lunchtime detention.

However, critics say there's still room for improvement.

The Dignity for Schools Campaign says the number of suspensions among minority students is still disproportionately high.

The group says suspensions are a quick fix that doesn't change student behavior in the long run, and teachers need more training to deal with troubled students.

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