New bill could reduce length of long-term suspensions


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The House of Delegates passed a bill that would change the maximum length of school suspensions from 364 days to 45 days.

This effort is a new push to cut the "school to prison" pipeline.

They say long-term suspensions do disproportionate harm to African-American students and any students with disabilities.

Reports to show that 16 of very 1,000 students in Virginia transfer into the criminal justice system.

Lynchburg City School leaders say that passing the bill would do more harm than good.

"I would stand behind the suspensions we have supported, based on recommendations from the school division. I don't believe that a blanket of 45 days is appropriate,"

The bill will now move to the State Senate for its decision.

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