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Student behavior violations drop, but problem persists

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press)-- Education officials were quick to trumpet the success when Hamilton County schools showed a 30 percent decrease in student behavior problems last school year.

Despite the improvement, there were still nearly 13,000 student violations countywide, and a Times Free Press examination of district data shows that the number of students suspended and expelled increased or stayed the same at nearly one in five schools over the last three years.

In-school suspensions were cut nearly in half from 2009 to 2010, while out-of-school suspensions and expulsions declined by 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Student fights decreased by 28 percent, records show.

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