Giving Compass' Take:

· According to Education Dive, California state Sen. Nancy Skinner is planning to reintroduce a bill that would ban all K-12 out-of-school suspensions for disruptive or defiant students.

· What effects would this bill have on school culture and discipline? What are some new discipline policies that schools are adopting? 

· Read more about legislation to reduce suspensions and the negative effects of suspensions on students

As schools work to address what is sometimes termed the “school-to-prison” pipeline, out-of-school suspensions have come under fire, not only because they take students out of school, but also because they tend to be disproportionately given to students of color, those with disabilities and other minority groups. Responses to discipline issues are often subjective, and underlying biases or teacher frustration can often impact the way discipline is assigned in a particular situation.

However, some argue that cutting out suspensions altogether may remove a necessary discipline tool from the tool box. One pillar of this argument is that students who want to learn have the right to do so in an environment without the distraction of defiant students who raise tensions or use up class time. However, others say out-of-school suspensions remove students from the learning environment altogether, escalating students on a path of failure, leading to an increasing push for alternative methods, including in-school suspensions that allow young learners to continue learning.

There are other approaches to discipline that can be used in combination with in-school suspensions. Many schools have seen success with more positive tactics that track good behavior as well. These approaches can allow students to get attention in a positive way and incentivize them to continue to have good behavior.

Read the full article about out-of-school suspensions by Amelia Harper at Education Dive.