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Report: 10 Bakersfield-Area Teachers Assaulted By Students This Year Alone

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Harold Pierce of The Bakersfield Californian

According to a new report from The Bakersfield Californian's Harold Pierce, 10 teachers in the Kern High School District have been assaulted by students this year alone. Some suggest the number might even be higher. It's the latest news on a topic that has long plagued the district, which once was know for its high suspension and expulsion numbers. A recently settled lawsuit over alleged discriminatory discipline practices in the district resulted in the expansion of the PBIS program, which is an alternative to suspensions for students "acting out" in class. Now some teachers say the new program doesn't do enough. We spoke with Pierce to learn more about that teachers and district leaders are saying about the problem.

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