A student passes by the prominent sign on the door of his Mens Alliance class at Sunnyside High School in 2010. Fresno Unified launched efforts to reduce student suspensions that year and suspensions have declined since then. The question is, does tolerating defiant behavior in the classroom disrupt learning by well-behaved students?
A student passes by the prominent sign on the door of his Mens Alliance class at Sunnyside High School in 2010. Fresno Unified launched efforts to reduce student suspensions that year and suspensions have declined since then. The question is, does tolerating defiant behavior in the classroom disrupt learning by well-behaved students? John Walker Fresno Bee File Photo
A student passes by the prominent sign on the door of his Mens Alliance class at Sunnyside High School in 2010. Fresno Unified launched efforts to reduce student suspensions that year and suspensions have declined since then. The question is, does tolerating defiant behavior in the classroom disrupt learning by well-behaved students? John Walker Fresno Bee File Photo

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