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President sets new guidelines for classroom discipline

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Obama Administration is giving out new guidelines on classroom discipline to change how different races are disciplined for breaking rules.

Government civil rights data shows black students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended.

Critics say this creates the "school-to-prison" situation because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.

Recommendations encourage schools to ensure all school staff are trained how to handle issues in the classroom.

They also suggest school employees understand they are responsible for disciplining students, not security or police officers.