Currently, students in kindergarten through third grade cannot be suspended for “willful defiance.” That’s defined as disrupting activities, or defying the teacher or those in authority.
This new bill wants students all the way up to 12th grade included in that rule.
Marching on Sacramento, in favor of SB 607.
Carlo DeCicco is a parent. He’s also involved with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.
He agrees with the bill, saying suspensions are counterproductive.
“When we look at the data, we see who it is used on,” Senator Nancy Skinner said. “It’s used on kids of color, it’s used on LGBTQ kids, it’s used on kids with disabilities.”
Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.