D.C. council member seeks ways to reduce student suspensions

According to the Washington Post’s Alejandra Matos, D.C. Council member David Grosso, chairman of the Education Committee, said he plans to introduce legislation to reduce student suspensions and ensure that schools are accurately tracking the number of students barred from class for disciplinary problems.

Possible measures include limiting the number of suspension days students can receive and banning the use of “do not admit” lists, which are sometimes used to bar students from school even when they are not officially considered suspended. Another potential proposal would allow zero-tolerance policies that lead to automatic suspensions only in cases involving physical injuries.

On Thursday, Grosso (I-At Large) presented his ideas to a group of educators and advocates for feedback before he introduces a bill to the council this fall.

“We have made some progress on discipline in the District,” Grosso told the representatives of 25 school and advocacy organizations. “But we still have a long way to go.”Read more here.