Texas elementary schoolchildren are suspended, sent to alternative schools, and expelled at alarming rates, often for minor Student Code of Conduct violations such as horseplay, disruption of class, or dress code violations. During the 2013-2014 school year, almost half of all suspensions in Texas were issued to PK-2nd grade students, removals that are not required under state law and are at teachers’ discretion. And school districts have the ability to create their own student codes of conduct that go well beyond the state law, allowing suspensions of young students for normal, age-appropriate behavior.
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