Report: Student suspensions drop after Texas modifies law

2 years 11 months 1 week ago Thursday, August 29 2019 Aug 29, 2019 August 29, 2019 12:29 PM August 29, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - A nonprofit that advocates for children says the rate of student suspensions has fallen by nearly a third since the state implemented a law barring suspensions except in extreme circumstances.

The 2017 Texas law permits suspensions for major violations such as assault or bringing a weapon or drugs to school.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Texas public schools suspended more than 101,000 students in prekindergarten to second grade during the 2015-16 school year.

Texans Care for Children released a report Wednesday revealing that those figures dropped by 31% to 70,197 in the 2017-18 school year. Youngsters in foster care, black children and those in special education are more likely to be suspended.

Killeen's school district has allotted around $1.5 million to address mental health and other needs.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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