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Bill would force community service for students

ALBANY -  A bill is circulating the state Capitol that would allow school superintendents to mandate community service to students as a form of punishment for bad behavior.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D- Albany, introduced the bill that would allow for community service to be used as punishment for a student who is suspended from school.

"You will not be home playing video games, you're going to be out helping and volunteering." said Fahy.

Fahy's bill has bi-partisan support in both the senate and assembly. Senator Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, is also a sponsor of the legislation.

In the 2012-2013 school year the Schenectady School District handed out 1,226 suspensions, many to the same students, said a spokesman for the district. District Superintendent, Larry Spring, says he welcomes the bill.

"The notion of community of service allows us to connect the consequence logically to the offense." said Spring.

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