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Bill Limits When California Students Can Be Suspended

Aired 5/31/13 on KPBS News.

It could become harder to suspend California students who show “willful defiance” in school.

Students in California public schools can be suspended or expelled for 24 different reasons, including "willful defiance." A measure passed by the Assembly would limit when students can be suspended for that infraction.

Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson said students who are constantly suspended lose important instructional time, "and are five times more likely to drop out of school and 11 times more likely to enter the juvenile or criminal justice system."

But Republican Assemblyman Don Wagner said this takes power away from school boards.

"This bill takes us the wrong way. We ought to be giving more deference and more discretion back to the locals," Wagner said.

Wagner pointed out the governor vetoed a previous version of this bill for that reason.

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muckapoo1 | May 31, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Another victory for the "No Thug Left Behind" crowd. Free education should be a privilege, not a right. It is no wonder these kids get into society and end up in trouble. Make the ones that create these problems find their own education. Don't allow them driver's licenses or any social benefits until the graduate or equivalent.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 31, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps Dickinson (D-Sacramento - where else) should think about the students who are following the rules and want to be educated without the disruptive students.

Nah, you're right, Dickinson. It is far better to lower the bar than require effort. Liberals demand equality... to make everyone equally stupid!

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