Minneapolis schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has placed a moratorium on suspending pupils for nonviolent behaviors in prekindergarten through 1st grade.
“For some of our youngest scholars, this is their first time in a structured learning environment,” Ms. Johnson said in an announcement posted on the district’s website. “Understanding and navigating the new rules and environment simply takes longer for some students than for others.”
As the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes, the district is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights for “inconsistent suspension practices.”
A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2014 edition of Education Week as Suspensions Banned for Youngest Pupils