From the Daily News:
Teachers and principals will have a tougher time kicking troublemakers out of class in the upcoming school year, thanks to a new city mandate for softer punishments.
City educrats have altered the “Discipline Code” so that staffers can only suspend students who commit more serious offenses.
Kids who engage in “disorderly behavior,” such as smoking, gambling, swearing, lying to teachers and leaving school without permission, will get a slap on the wrist instead of their walking papers.
Educators will now respond to such behavior with reprimands, parent conferences and lunchtime detentions.
Meanwhile, students who display “disruptive behavior,” such as disobeying teachers, pushing other kids, or vandalizing school property, can still be suspended.
Students who are caught committing relatively minor crimes multiple times in a single school year may still be suspended.
Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said the new rules will keep kids who commit “low-level infractions” in class, where they can learn from their mistakes.