Suspensions down in Warren City Schools

Suspensions have gone down from more than 200 per year to just over 12.

Warren Superintendent Steve Chiaro

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Schools in the Warren City School District are seeing a drop in out-of-school suspensions.

Superintendent Steve Chiaro and Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles, made the announcement Thursday at Jefferson K-8 School.

Since 2010, students from kindergarten to third grade have been learning Skills for Life, a program on how to handle social and emotional situations. Chiaro says the skills the students are learning is the reason why suspensions have gone down from more than 200 per year to just over 12.

“This does not mean that we are tolerating poor behavior in classrooms. Our classrooms have changed. Our kids are becoming problem solvers. Our kids are part of the solution,” Chiaro said.

Organizers of the program say students are also using the lessons they learn in the classroom and at home with their families.

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