Monday, November 4, 2019
Dealing with disrespectful and defiant students in California’s classrooms just got more difficult.
California Democrats introduced Senate Bill 419, which would make it illegal to suspend kids for “disrupting school activities” or “willfully defying the valid authority of school personnel.”
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill in 2018, stating, “Teachers and principals are on the front lines educating our children and are in the best position to make decisions about order and discipline in the classroom.”
California already puts restrictions on suspensions – currently law states that, “suspension, including in-house suspension, shall only be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring out proper conduct.”
The first priority should be to provide all students with a healthy and safe learning environment. What happens if teachers or administrators are forced to allow disruptive students to remain in class?
Governor Gavin Newsom decided to ignore Gov. Brown’s advice and signed SB 419. SB 419 becomes law on January 1, 2020.