TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County says about one in every 10 students was suspended at some point in the last school year.

The county’s suspension rate was the highest of any Maryland district apart from the Eastern Shore and even surpasses the rate in Baltimore City. About 10,000 students were suspended. The largest category that drew suspensions was for disrespect, insubordination and causing disruption.

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County school superintendent Joe Hairston tells The Baltimore Sun that the district has succeeded in recent years in lowering the suspension rate, but that it remains an ongoing concern.

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The Maryland State Department of Education says 6.8 percent of students across the state were suspended last school year. The rate in Dorchester County was 14 percent, while it was just 2.6 percent in Montgomery County.

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