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Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Reduce School Suspensions

Nov 15, 2017

Credit Ohio Public Radio

A Republican state lawmaker is backing a bill to reduce the number of young students suspended from school. 

State Senator Peggy Lehner, who chairs the Senate education committee, says suspensions can negatively impact learning and Ohio needs a better way to handle such students. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Lehner says there’s a clear link between suspensions and drop in academic achievement among students who are minorities, disabled or from low-income families.

 

Lehner: “When suspended a child is robbed of days and often weeks of learning every year.”

 

There were 36,000 suspensions among preschoolers through third graders last school year. Of those suspended, 90% were economically disadvantaged.

 

Lehner’s proposal still allows a school to expel a student based on violent behavior.