Willful Defiance Suspensions
  • Last year, California schools issued more than 700,000 suspensions -- about 1/2 of all suspensions were for "willful defiance," an unspecific, non-violent offense; that leaves too wide a margin for interpretation.
  • Research shows current suspension and expulsion policies
    are unfairly impacting African American and Latino students
    and don't improve school safety.
  • How does "willful defiance" affect children in your
    county, district, and school? Find out below
    and learn how you can help make school discipline fairer.

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