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Lawmakers think twice about 'zero-tolerance' policies

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Michigan lawmakers are thinking twice about "zero-tolerance" policies used to expel or suspend students.

The state Senate unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that would require school officials to consider factors such as a student's age, disciplinary history and whether his or her actions threatened the safety of others before they expel or suspend the student.

The new factors would not apply when a student is expelled for bringing a gun to school.

Supporters of the bills say there have too many incidents of children being expelled or suspended for bringing a butter knife to school or forgetting that their nail clippers had a small knife on them. They say the legislation would return "common sense" to school disciplinary procedures.

The House plans to send the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder soon.

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