On Wednesday, Seattle's school board unanimously voted to place a one-year moratorium on elementary school suspensions due to the statistics that show a harsher discipline on students of color. Research shows that teachers tend to (consciously or unconsciously) target students of color and students who second language is English more.
Seattle school board member, Harium Martin-Morris, says "Part of [the statistic that "students who are suspended at a young age are more likely to be suspended as they get older" and are more likely to go to prison] is the criminalization of behavior that starts very, very early on."
The suspension of students of color only adds to their cycles of low-income, poverty, and less opportunities. This move by the school board of Seattle will prevent that and make discipline more consistent and equal for students.
Students go to school and learn, and shouldn't be taken out of class for disruption and breaking the rules. Students are at school to learn from their mistakes, and punishing them by taking away their education is adding fire to the flames.
Earlier in 2014, California was the first state to limit suspensions in schools. Should other states be pressed to do this as well? What are your thoughts?