Local public schools suspended and expelled far fewer students last year as they continued to shift away from punishment and toward prevention and positive reinforcement, according to the latest figures from the California Department of Education...There's a simple reason for this. We're told we can't suspend students; if we do, we run this risk of being investigated by the Office of Civil Rights, having a drumhead trial, being found guilty--and the penalties for district and school administrators can be extreme.
Similar stories have played out across the region. Each of the 10 largest districts suspend a lower proportion of students today than five years ago.
And students, especially students who cause trouble, know this.