Raimondo signs law limiting school suspensions
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - It will be harder for Rhode Island schools to suspend children for minor infractions under a new state law.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the bill into law last week.
The legislation says students can't be sent home unless they are a threat to fellow students or school staff or they are creating serious disruptions.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island commends the new law as a way of reducing the schools-to-prison pipeline that hurts students who are already at a disadvantage. The group says suspensions lead to more misbehavior and lower academic achievement, and suspended students are far more likely to drop out or repeat a grade.
The law also requires school superintendents to regularly review discipline data for signs of bias based on race or disability.