Stop Unfair, Ineffective School Discipline
Learn more about Assembly Bill 420
AB 420 prohibits the use of willful defiance as cause for expulsion, restricts the use of willful defiance as cause for suspensions and encourages the use of other means of correction and alternative discipline practices. These alternative practices are decreasing student suspensions and expulsions by as much as half in many schools and districts, while improving school climate and student success at the same time. The bill addresses the fact that the state’s current school discipline policies aren’t making our schools safer, better places to learn.
AB 420 passed the Assembly in May of 2013 and moved on to the Senate where it passed the Senate Education Committee in June. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, has postponed a full Senate floor vote for 2013 in order to work with teachers, school administrators and civil rights groups to ensure that schools are well-prepared to utilize alternative discipline procedures and implement the bill once it passes. We will continue to provide updates on AB 420 via this page, so check back for more news on the legislative process and opportunities to show your support. In the meantime, check out the resources to the right for more information on school discipline issues, including an interactive video on school suspensions in your district.
Bill to change ‘willful defiance’ suspension…, EdSource READ
High school student suspension…, Mercury News READ
Suspensions Hurt kids, schools and…, Mercury News READ