Zero-tolerance policy in schools leads to more suspensions in the Bronx, city

After principals were given the green light by Mayor Bloomberg and the city?s school chancellor, school suspensions in the Bronx and the city increased by 26 percent in the last school year.

According to the New York Post, School Chancellor Joel Klein sent an e-mail in September 2004 encouraging principals to enforce a zero-tolerance policy against violence. School officials say suspending students helps maintain discipline.

While the recent increase in suspensions has been praised by Bloomberg and Klein, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum says the increase reflects a growing problem of school violence.

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