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A deep dive into the Madison Metropolitan School District’s behavior education plan revealed mixed trends for student discipline during the third quarter of the school year.
 At last Monday’s operations group meeting, Leia Esser, MMSD’s director of student physical, mental and behavioral health, updated the School Board on student discipline findings over the course of the 2016-17 school year and compared them to previous years.
 Esser said, overall, behavior events — any student misbehavior that results in a formal consequence from school officials — decreased by four percent compared to last school year. However, out-of-school suspensions were up 19 percent.

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