Should elementary school students be suspended?

Seattle Public Schools is considering whether suspending the youngest classroom troublemakers should stop as it looks for more effective solutions.

At its meeting Wednesday, July 1, the Seattle School Board is expected to introduce a resolution that would halt most out-of-school suspensions for elementary school students, The Seattle Times reports.

The district needs to address a pattern of disproportionately high suspension rates for black students, board member Harium Martin-Morris told the newspaper.

The president of the Seattle teachers’ union says educators also want a better solution, but ending all suspensions without having alternative methods in place would be “very challenging.”

The Times has been taking a look at school discipline, including some schools that are trying a different approach for their youngest kids in trouble.

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