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Oregon state senator Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) is sponsoring a bill she says is necessary to address the school-to-prison pipeline — that’s the idea that out-of-school suspensions and expulsions increase the likelihood that a kid will wind up in the criminal justice system.
The bill would put limits on suspensions and expulsions for Oregon students in fifth grade and below, only allowing this punishment in extreme cases such as when a student “poses a direct threat to the health or safety of students or school employees.”
Are you a teacher or a parent? Has your child been suspended? When do you think it’s appropriate to suspend an elementary school student?