Throughout the country, schools operate from a complex set of harsh disciplinary policies and practices that push youth out of school through a combination of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests. The data is clear: Youth of color and especially those with disabilities are more likely to be targeted, pushed out of school, and risk becoming system-involved. After nearly ten years of organizing by youth, the Fix School Discipline Coalition, PolicyLink and the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color in partnership with community-based organizations and advocates won approval to end these harmful discipline practices in California. This bill will permanently prohibit students from being suspended on the basis of “willful defiance” in grades 4 and 5 and bans those same suspensions for grades 6–8 for 5 years, building off of previous legislation to ban these suspensions for grades K-3.
Join us to learn about this California campaign from leaders in the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color!