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Syracuse City School Board approves interim code of conduct

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Syracuse City School Board approves interim code of conduct
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse City School Board unanimously approved an interim code of conduct on Wednesday night.

The district has been working to develop a new code of conduct after the Attorney General's office launched an investigation. It happened after community members complained about a disproportionate rate of out of school suspensions for minority students.

However, many teachers have complained about a rise in disciplinary problems. The interim code of conduct will be in place for the rest of the year while the task force works on a finalized version.

According to the local chapter of the Civil Liberties Union, there are many problems with the code including new infractions that are too subjective, and vague standards for a response to those infractions.

Some teachers say more resources are needed.

"We're concerned that kids that are acting out, who are getting in trouble. They're are not doing it because they want to be naughty, but they have other issue and we're not addressing those issues. And, so because we're not addressing those issues they're just letting loose," said Sabrina McJilton, Lemoyne Elementary School teacher.

The final version of the code of conduct is expected to be completed by June 30. If it's passed by the board of education it will be implemented on July 1, 2014.

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