Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT, Mich.--- A dozen student "gladiators" are planning to lead a march from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.

Organizers with the Harriet Tubman Center's Youth Voice project say about 150 students and adults will cover the 85 miles in 14 relay stages, beginning Monday and ending Wednesday at the Michigan Capitol.

Among those planning to be out front is 16-year-old Michael Reynolds, who missed seven days last school year for failing to have his student ID Cody Academy in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press says Michigan public schools made 1,796 expulsions in the 2012-13 school year.

The state Board of Education is considering a revised model policy on suspensions and expulsions.

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