All students have the right to a quality education regardless of who they are or what they look like. But a 2017 study by UCLA found that California students lost over 250,000 days of instruction because of disruption/defiance suspensions during just one school year. This disruption/defiance category is subjective and overly broad, leading to suspensions of students for minor misbehavior like dancing, breaking the dress code, or not paying attention in class. This catch-all category punishes students with disabilities and students of color at alarmingly disparate rates and must stop.

SB 607 will eliminate the use of suspension and expulsion for minor misbehavior covered under the "disruption or willful defiance" category for California K-12 students.

By passing this bill, California will take a significant step to protect students from discriminatory school climates and encourage schools to find alternatives to keep students in the classroom - where they belong.

BILL DEVELOPMENTS

August 31, 2017 - Passed Assembly floor
June 21, 2017 - Approved by Assembly Education Committee 
May 8, 2017 - Passed Senate floor
April 5, 2017 - Approved by Senate Education Committee

Sponsors

ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy, PolicyLink, Children Now, Public Counsel, Black Parallel School Board, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Mid City Can, Fight Crime Invest in Kids, Brothers Sons Selves Coalition, Youth Justice Coalition

Authors

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

Status

Passed both chambers

Session

2017-2018

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