Lawmakers OK easing expulsion, suspension laws

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) β€” Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would soften “zero-tolerance” expulsion and suspension requirements by inserting what backers say is some common sense into the process.

Bills approved overwhelmingly by the House Wednesday would require school officials to consider certain factors before expelling or suspending students. They include the pupil’s age, disciplinary history and whether the misconduct threatened the safety of others.

Other factors would include whether the student has a disability, if a lesser punishment could address the violation and whether “restorative” meetings between the offender and a victim could help.

Bringing a gun to school would remain an automatic expulsion. Backers say too many kids are being harshly disciplined for inadvertently bringing weapons to school.

The legislation goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

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1 Comment

  • Bob

    Good idea. After all everyone wants the thugs in school. It’s not like the good kids go there to learn.
    The crap our legislators come up with. How can someone learn when they are worried about getting hurt at school. Send the thugs home, let their so called parents deal with them.