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California’s largest school districts prohibit suspension or expulsion for willful defiance

On February 25, 2014, the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a comprehensive resolution to implement alternatives to suspension and expulsion and to address disproportionality and disparities in student discipline which negatively impact African American, Latino and Disabled students.

As part of the resolution, District policy will be updated to provide that, beginning in the fall of 2014, “no student shall receive a supsension or recommendation for expulsion/be expelled solely on the basis of ‘disruption/willful defiance’ (48900(k))”.  See the full resolution. The Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District adopted a policy prohibiting suspension and expulsion for willful defiance in 2013.  See the LAUSD resolution here.

If you would like assistance in reviewing your District’s policies concerning student discipline, contact Mary Hernandez at 510-695-2802.