U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley announced Oct. 3 that fewer students are being expelled for bringing firearms to school—3,523 students during the 1998-99 school year, compared to 3,658 in the year before. The most recent figure is a significant decrease from three years ago, when the first report listed 5,724 expulsions.

The new findings are published in the "Report of State Implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act—School Year 1998-99: Final Report 2000." ...

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