Published Online: December 1, 2015
Published in Print: December 2, 2015, as Houston Dismisses Proposal to Ban Pre-K-2 Suspensions

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Houston Dismisses Proposal to Ban Pre-K-2 Suspensions

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As many districts move to review—and in some cases end—out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for their youngest pupils, the Houston district has voted against a proposal that would have banned suspending children in pre-K-2.

Instead, the school board tentatively approved a policy that would make suspensions and expulsions the last resort for young children and would call for training staff in de-escalation techniques and in creating positive classroom environments.

Of the 2,673 reported disciplinary incidents for pupils grades pre-K-2 in the 2014-15 school year, 87 percent involved children who were economically disadvantaged, at-risk, or both, the district said. And while African-American students accounted for 25 percent of the district's enrollment, they made up 70 percent of the reported discipline incidents.

Vol. 35, Issue 13, Page 4

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