At a time when schools across the country struggle with a return to the classroom after the pandemic, and it seems as though videos of school fights and beatdowns between students emerge almost weekly, the California Senate is considering a bill that would bar schools from suspending disruptive students because suspension is allegedly discriminatory.
You read that right. Being held accountable for one's bad behavior is a form of discrimination.
In a world where being white automatically makes one racist, it should come as no surprise that reprimanding a disruptive student would be interpreted as a discriminatory act.
The bill, claims that holding students accountable for bad behavior by suspending them would disproportionately affect black male students. If the measure becomes law, it will apply to public and charter schools for grades 1 through 12.
The legislation was introduced by State Senator Nancy Skinner on February 1 and was referred to the Committee on Education on Thursday.
If enacted, the measure would prevent students in first to twelfth grade from being suspended for "disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties."
Skinner's bill not only targets disruptive and unruly students but also bars the suspension of students who are "truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities."
According to the bill, "California law concerning youth, their development, and punishment for their behaviors has been evolving," which indicates that to Democrats, removing the expectation of accountability and responsibility from students and the education system is a sign of progress.
To call the proposed bill, 'absurd' would be an understatement.
Expect backlash from parents, and, hopefully, taxpayers should Skinner's bill be passed.
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