Illinois bill would limit suspensions, end fines for students

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in the state General Assembly.

The bills, which would limit out-of-school suspensions to no more than three days for infractions that do not threaten the safety or disrupt the education of other students, have the support of a group of student activists in Chicago who gathered for a rally downtown on Wednesday.

“We’re not asking for no discipline; we’re asking for common sense discipline,” Mariama Bangura, 16, a junior at Roosevelt High School in Albany Park, said a news conference at Chicago Public Schools headquarters.

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