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AM News: Los Angeles School District Rethinks Suspension, Follows National Trend

Los Angeles Schools Re-Think Suspension WSJ: This week, the Los Angeles Unified School District—the second-largest in the nation—decided to end the practice of suspending or expelling students for "willful defiance," starting this fall. District officials said the practice disproportionately affects minority students' education and leads to more disciplinary problems for students down the line.


Chicago Teachers Union Files Civil-Rights Lawsuit on Closings Sun-Times: Attorneys backed by the Chicago Teachers Union filed two federal class action lawsuits Wednesday charging that the closing of 53 public schools in September will violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Civil Rights Act.

Former Education Official Faces Federal Investigation WSJ: Federal investigators are probing whether a former top Education Department official violated the law by allegedly sharing information inappropriately about new regulations with an advocacy group he founded. Newly released court documents show that federal prosecutors believe the Education Department's former deputy undersecretary, Robert Shireman, might have violated executive-branch ethics laws.

Diplomas Elusive for Many Students With Learning Disabilities EdWeek: A state-by-state analysis of the most recent data on graduation rates for students with learning disabilities shows that while more of those students have been leaving high school with a standard diploma, many states are struggling to reach the national graduation rate average of 68 percent for students in that disability category.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Urges Immigrant Parents to Help Children with School SchoolBook: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday told thousands of parents of English language learners to always ask for help when needed and to learn alongside their children. “They cannot do it without your help,” she said at the 10th Annual ELL Parent Conference.


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Since willful defiance will now be more tolerated in Los Angeles, it remains to be seen how people like school deans will have justice restored to them when they ask unruly youngsters, for example, to have a seat in a detention room and to fill out a slip identifying themselves and giving their account of an incident and being told "No" for the remainder of the period; or how justice will be restored to the vast majority of students, those who want to learn, when defiant students go on to walk the halls disruptively and loudly during the following periods, and when such wanderers are told to go to class, and they reply "No" repeatedly for minutes, hours, succeeding days, as long as they like. Obedience to adult instructions is nearly the first thing taught at home and in kindergarten, because without it little learning is likely to take place.

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