After hitting near-record levels in 2006-07, school suspensions fell slightly in 2007-08. The number of students receiving multiple suspensions also fell. Racial disparities, however, continued to widen. In Montgomery County, African-American students were four times more likely to receive suspensions than were White students. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs continue to spread across Maryland. These behavior modification programs are likely to have played a major role in the declining levels of school suspensions. Maryland must continue to support PBIS expansion statewide.
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