Fewer Wake County students are receiving long-tern suspensions, but the decline isn't as much as first reported to the state.
Wake school officials said today that 647 students received long-term suspensions of 11 days or more during the 2010-11 school year, a 22 percent decline from the prior year. School officials had reported last month that only 320 students had received long-term suspensions this past school year.
Superintendent Tony Tata said the district had erroneously not recorded as long-term suspensions those students who had missed 11 days or more of class before being enrolled in an alternative education program. Many of those students were enrolled in the SCORE program to take online courses.
Tata said they've streamlined procedures this school year so that students who are placed in alternative programs won't miss as much time in class.