Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school leaders defended the accuracy of their crime and violence reports yesterday as board members searched for ways to improve school discipline, says the Charlotte Observer. Discipline has become a hot topic as some have questioned state data that seem to show a puzzling picture of behavior in the Charlotte schools. One report last month showed the district had one of the lowest rates of crime and violence in 2003-04. Another showed Charlotte students were more likely to be suspended than those in many other districts. “Either we’re misreporting, or they (other districts) are over reporting,” said board member Larry Gauvreau.
Both reports could be correct. The crime and violence report tallies only major offenses, such as robberies, assaults, and possession of weapons and drugs. Students can be suspended for lesser infractions, such as disrupting class, cheating or violating dress codes.