Rise & Shine: What goes on inside New York City’s suspension centers?

"You didn’t know if you were going to be safe.”

“I would finish everything in one bunch and then go to sleep."

“It’s basically jail.”

That how current and former New York City students described what happens in suspension centers — sites where students are sent when they get slapped with lengthy out-of-school suspensions. While others say the centers can be nurturing places that help put students back on track, the truth is we don't know much about what happens inside, and how students fare once they leave. That's because little public data exists about the alternative learning sites, which have gone under the radar even as Mayor Bill de Blasio has sought to dramatically reduce suspensions.

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— Christina Veiga, reporter

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