Schools chancellor announces opening of new school suspension centers

The new off-site school suspension centers opened Wednesday citywide.

In total there are five centers one of which is in the Bronx. The center will be located at the Phipps Community Development Center on East Tremont. Students who are suspended for 30 days or more will be sent to one of the centers, which will have principals, teachers, guidance counselors and safety officers.

The director of the Bronx center says the idea is to rehabilitate the students not to punish them. He adds that the hope is to provide kids with new skills for when they return to school.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says the centers will cost the city $6 million.

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