BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Public School District is in the process of revising its code of conduct for the 2013-2014 school year.
The district wants to move from a a punitive system of discipline that utilizes suspension, to one that is based on intervention.
Citizen Action of New York hosted a meeting of the minds Tuesday night to make suggestion to next year's code of conduct, which has been in the works for two years.
Parents tell us many of the suspensions are for minor infractions and they want schools to be a place to teach children, not to punish them by pushing kids out of school.
One parent said that in order for the new code of conduct to be effective, parents, students and educators need to be involved.
Two years ago, one in five students were suspended in Buffalo.
That's compared to the state average which was one in 20 students.
Citizen Action hopes that minor misbehaviors like talking back to a teacher or wandering the halls will no longer lead to a suspension, but in-school interventions instead.