Calif. Bill Would Ban Suspensions For Defying Teachers, Disrupting Classes

  • A California Senate bill introduced last week would ban schools from suspending students who disrupt class or defy teachers — known as willful defiance suspensions.
  • Senate Bill 274 introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said such suspensions lead to students dropping out and exacerbate learning loss at a time when many are still behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Skinner also said such suspensions disproportionately affect Black male students, citing a 2018 study that reported they are three times more likely to be suspended for willful defiance than the statewide average.
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