Worcester schools get grant to help reduce suspension rates

The program will take an educational approach that aims to de-escalate issues in the classroom

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester public school system has received a $400,000 grant to help reduce suspension rates.

The grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts will help schools implement a program that addresses the underlying trauma such as poverty-related stress that causes some students to act out.

The program will take an educational approach that aims to de-escalate issues in the classroom.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that school staff will take courses to teach them how to identify and respond to instances of trauma-related behavior by students.

Janice Yost, the foundation’s president and chief executive, says the school system first asked for help with its suspension problem in 2013.

Since then, a change to the state law governing how schools discipline students has already decreased Worcester’s suspension rates.

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