New education stats find BK and city schools have lower suspension rate than rest of state

New education statistics to be released soon found that schools in Brooklyn and the city had a lower suspension rate than the statewide average.

In the 2002-2003 school year, the city suspended just 2.2 percent of its students compared with the statewide average of 4.4 percent. This year though, unofficial results released by the city showed suspensions increased by nearly a quarter. The city estimates that there were 44,000 suspensions in the 2004-2005 school year, which is up from 35,000 the year before.

Department of Education officials say principals are encouraged to vigorously enforce the school system's discipline code, which includes suspending students when necessary.

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