Wake may drop alternative program for students

March 24, 2009 5:11:40 AM PDT
The Wake County Public School System is considering dropping an alternative school program for students who are suspended.According to school system officials, the budget is to blame. Administrators say eliminating the program would save $1.2 million.

Long-term suspension students would be offered online courses to keep up with their classes. Wake Superintendent Del Burns told a local newspaper the program would still meet the requirements of state law.

Calla Wright with the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African America Children said eliminating the alternative school program would not help the students.

Wake County schools had 8.3 long-term suspensions per 1,000 students last year.


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