ALBANY COUNTY - Every year at Guilderland High School, between 35 and 40 students are suspended for five days or more. That's five days or more that an at-risk kid is not in a classroom.
"As an educator that feels counter-intuitive and counter productive to what we're all about," explains Guilderland Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles.
A proposed amendment to existing education law would give school administrators the authority to assign suspended students to community service. They would be out of school but not off the hook.
"What good does it do, especially for a child in need of supervision. They are going to be home alone in front of a video game or in front of a tv," says Assembly Member Patricia Fahy (D-Albany), who introduced the act.
Besides the time fitting the so-called crime, the hope is also that a student realizes his or her mistakes and makes changes in the future.