Starting fall 2020, public schools across California will be banned from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators.

According to new laws that take effect in 2020, California students from first through fifth grade can’t be suspended for willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff, KRON reported.

The law would also temporarily ban schools from suspending students in grades six through eight for the same thing from 2021 through 2025.

Actions such as chewing gum, tapping feet, napping, playing with a phone, mouthing off or being out of uniform may still bring consequences—but it won’t be suspension, according to Los Angeles Times.

Supporters said suspensions are disproportionately used against students of color. Willful defiance suspensions failed to transform students’ behavior and they missed classes, fell farther behind, and became more likely to drop out of high school. Now educators are embracing more supportive practices.


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