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Columbus Montessori Education Center

State investigation records show an Ohio agency could not find proof of alleged misconduct by administrators at Columbus Montessori Education Center.

Janelle Faison (left) and Megan Torres accuse Columbus Montessori of racial bias.
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Two parents are calling for administrators to step down at their children’s former school, Columbus Montessori Education Center. They argue racial bias played a role in how they and their kids were treated.

When students pose a threat to themselves or others, educators sometimes need to restrain them or remove them to a separate space. That's supposed to be a last resort, and it's a controversial practice. As we've reported recently, school districts don't always follow state laws or federal reporting requirements.

A federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommends rescinding Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. And, DeVos says, it urges schools to "seriously consider partnering with local law enforcement in the training and arming of school personnel."

Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) proposes bill to ban expulsions and out-of-school suspensions for young students.
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A state senator wants to toss out the idea of expulsions for kids who are in third grade or younger. The lawmaker says this can go a long way to closing the achievement gap for disadvantaged students.