Education: Senator Proposes Keep Kids in School Act

The fear of facing a suspension, a mandatory leave from K-12 school, may be a thing of the past. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) has introduced a new bill,the Keep Kids in School Act, that could help keep tens of thousands of young people in the classroom and out of the juvenile justice system. “Over the course of one school year, the number of children suspended could fill the seats at [Pittsburgh Steelers stadium] Heinz Field nearly 54 times,” said Casey, referencing the nearly 3.5 million students nationwide who were suspended from school in 2012. “This legislation will give more schools the tools they need to keep children in the place that is most likely to lead to a successful life: the classroom.” Casey’s research has found that suspensions and similar measures are more likely to affect minority students, putting them at a greater disadvantage compared to their peers. Though, the Keep Kids in School Act has yet to garner any cosponsors, a Casey spokesman said, “Senator Casey is hoping to include this legislation in the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and we’re hopeful this is legislation will quickly gain bipartisan support.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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