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BTU Calls for Review of School Conduct Code

Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) president Marietta English has called for a review and revision of the new Code of Conduct for Baltimore City schools. The new code allows students caught with weapons such as knives or guns to remain in school. Under the previous code, students who committed such infractions automatically were suspended or expelled. Rather than imposing such punishments, the new code requires school officials to impose community service requirements, deprive students of privileges, or to impose in-school suspensions. President English said that the teachers’ representatives on the committee that modified the code did not recommend the new changes. President English said that the revised code on weapons has the potential of disrupting teachers’ classrooms and endangering teachers’ lives.

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