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Survey: Teachers want multiple options for responding to student misbehavior

Two-thirds of U.S. teachers say discipline policies are inconsistently enforced in their schools, and 38% attribute a decline in suspensions to “higher tolerance for misbehavior,” according to the results of a survey released Tuesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Teachers in high-poverty schools were also more likely than those in low-poverty schools to report that during the 2017-18 school year, they were either physically attacked by a student, that physical fighting occurred in their school every day or week, or that they dealt with verbal disrespect every day.

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