HB19-1194 (Lontine & Larson/Priola & Fields) School Removal for Public Preschool through Second Grade

Originally Posted: March 8, 2019
Last Updated: April 19, 2019

Summary

This bill would ensure that the standards for suspension and expulsion of young children from school are developmentally appropriate, and that young children are removed from school only to address ongoing safety concerns. The bill does not affect statute governing in-school suspensions or classroom removals. The bill would limit the amount of time for out-of-school suspensions in order to resolve safety threats.

Position

The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill. School success by end of third grade is a powerful predictor of later academic and life outcomes, including graduation. Currently, too few children, especially Black, Latino, Native American, and children with disabilities, are on track for success by the end of third grade. There are many reasons for this, but one is that exclusionary school discipline based on infractions often unrelated to safety push thousands of children, disproportionately boys, Black children, Latino boys, and children with disabilities, out of the building at a time when school can have the greatest impact. We know that investments in early development pay huge dividends in preventing and closing opportunity gaps. Yet research shows that practices like out-of-school suspension and expulsion are currently widening the education equity gap. In the early years of rapid brain development, we need thoughtful discipline policies that help children unlock their potential. By specifying health and safety circumstances for the use of suspension and expulsion, we have an opportunity to address the root causes of a child’s actions rather than remove them from learning during a critical phase in development.

Current Status

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 20-14 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses


March 8, 2019

Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Thurs., Mar. 14 at 1:30pm in Room 0107

March 15, 2019

Passed the House Education Committee on a vote of 11-2 and now heads to House floor for a vote. Bill Jaeger, VP of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives, testified in strong support of the bill.

March 22, 2019

Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 43-22 and now heads to the Senate

April 12, 2019

Passed the Senate Education and Appropriations Committees and now heads to the Senate floor for debate. Bill Jaeger, VP of Early Childhood and Special Initiatives, testified in support of the bill.