Should Schools Stop Suspending Kids? Some L.A. Schools Think So

Wednesday May 29, 2013

By Amy Morin

School suspensions are an interesting discipinary tactic. After all, most kids who get suspended really don't like school that much, so sending them home can be more of a reward than a negative consequence.

However, schools have a duty to educate students. If one student's behaviors are disrupting the entire class, they need to address it. And a school's limited budget doesn't always offer a lot of creative alternatives.

Some schools in Los Angeles have started to rethink their suspension policy. They had previously allowed suspensions for anything considered "willful defiance." However, that's a pretty broad term and kids were getting suspended left and right.

Teachers are now going to be educated in new discipline strategies so suspensions aren't used as a first line of defense. After all, a suspension should be more of a last resort when other discipline methods aren't working.

If your child does get suspended from school, it's up to you to take action to ensure it is not an enjoyable performance. Otherwise, your child may be tempted to get suspended again.

Learn more about how to respond if your child is suspended from school.

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