California Ends ‘Willful Defiance’ Suspensions for Grades 6-12

California’s public middle schools and high schools will no longer be able to suspend or expel students for “willful defiance” under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

SB 274 was authored by Democratic Senator Nancy Skinner and expands on prior legislation impacting grades K-5.

Proponents of the legislation say students of color suffer disproportionately from suspensions and expulsions and that this contributes to the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline.” 

SB 274 has a sunset date of July 1, 2029. It does not ban suspensions or expulsions for violent acts or bullying.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times



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