Anchorage School District sued over suspensions procedure

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District is being sued by parents who say the district's written notification process for student suspensions does not provide explanations for those disciplinary actions.

The Northern Justice Project Civil rights law firm in Anchorage is representing the plaintiffs, Kiana Putnam and BreeAnn Davis, in the class-action case filed Friday.

Plaintiffs' attorney James J. Davis says due process mandates that families be provided the actual facts behind suspension decisions. Davis is not related to BreeAnn Davis.

The lawyer says the plaintiffs are each parents of a son who has repeatedly been suspended. The lawsuit seeks a change in the procedure to provide reasons for suspensions.

School district spokeswoman Heidi Embley says the district has not yet received the lawsuit, but doesn't generally comment on active litigation.

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