The New York City school district will end suspensions for students in K-2 and employ alternative, “age-appropriate” discipline methods, the city has announced.
In doing so, New York will join some other big-city districts, including Minneapolis, that have ended suspensions for their youngest students. But the local teachers’ union pushed back against the changes, saying they could lead to disruptive classrooms.
In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., district, meanwhile, records show nearly 1,000 pupils in P-2 were suspended last year. The school board has indicated that it’s looking into changes in the suspensions of young children.
A version of this article appeared in the August 03, 2016 edition of Education Week as N.Y.C. to Halt Suspensions Of Pupils in Grades K-2