Andrew Sheeler, Fresno Bee, September 10, 2019
It is will soon be illegal in California for both public and charter schools to suspend disruptive students from kindergarten through eighth grade
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed into law Senate Bill 419, which permanently prohibits willful defiance suspensions in grades four and five. It also bans such suspensions in grades six through eight for five years.
The law goes into effect July 1, 2020.
California students missed more than 150,000 days of school because of suspensions for unruly behavior in the 2016-17 academic year, according to a California Senate analysis of SB 419.
Skinner and other supporters of the bill argued that students of color are disproportionately affected by such suspensions.
SB 419 “may be one of the best ways to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline,” Skinner said.