New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows suspensions and expulsions reached double digits in many California school districts, with some exceeding 25 percent.
Over the last three years, California schools issued over 2 million suspensions. The issues schools are dealing with are real. I know. I've been a teacher myself.
But that's simply too many kids.
Suspending students has real consequences. Excluding them from the classroom hurts academics, decreases their connection to school and increases the odds they'll get in trouble with the law.
A disruptive student needs the most supervision. Kicking him out of school guarantees he will get the least. It doesn't make sense.
What bothers me most is the missed opportunity. When a child acts out, he's crying out for help. There's usually an underlying issue -- maybe there's trouble at home, or he's lost a family member, or he deals with violence in his community.