SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that would prevent California schools from expelling students for willfully defying school authorities, a punishment that activists say is unevenly applied.
Current law gives school officials discretion to decide what constitutes willful defiance of a supervisor, teacher, administrator or other school employee.
AB420 by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento removes the discretion and instead diverts disruptive students to in-school programs intended to help them. Schools still could expel students for violating school rules or laws.
Supporters say school officials still retain the authority to decide when behavior merits removal from the classroom.
The bill is supported by the California School Boards Association and was approved on a 24-8 vote Tuesday, with some Republicans opposed. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.
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