Fewer city schoolkids are being suspended.
The Department of Education says about 16,000 students were suspended between July and December of last year.
That's down from more than 25,000 during the same period in 2011, a 36 percent drop.
Education officials say alternative disciplinary methods like counseling and peer mediation have helped to reduce the number of suspensions.
They also said changes were made to the discipline code so that low-level infractions like leaving class without permission no longer lead to a suspension.