Maryland education officials expect to republish on Dec. 10 proposed student discipline regulations designed to shift approaches to student punishment and reduce out-of-school suspensions.

State officials decided earlier this month to revise the regulations to make slight changes they said were needed for clarity.

A public comment period of 30 days will begin once the new version of the regulations are published, with the Maryland State Board of Education tentatively scheduled to vote on the matter later in January.

The proposed regulations are designed to lead to less punitive discipline practices, and to keep more students in class and on track to graduation.