Republican candidate for governor Jim Talent is proposing a $7 million dollar expansion in the state’s alternative schools program. Talent unveiled his program during a series of news conferences around the state. It’s called Children Learning at Safe Schools, or CLASS. It would send students serving longer suspensions to alternative classes, instead of letting them stay at home. While suspended, they would participate in smaller class settings and meet with counselors. He is modeling his idea on what he calls a successful program in Blue Springs.