California Gov. Signs Law Outlawing Suspending Students For Unruly Behavior

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 419 into law on Monday.

Sacramento, CA – California students who disrupt their classrooms can no longer be suspended for their unruly behavior, thanks to a new law Governor Gavin Newsom endorsed on Monday.

Senate Bill 419, which will go into effect on July 1, 2020, will make it permanently illegal for charter and public schools to suspend defiant and disruptive fourth- and fifth-grade students, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The new law will also apply to students in grades six through eight for a period of five years.

The state already had a law on the books banning schools from suspending children from kindergarten through the third grade.

The legislation referred to such behaviors as “willful defiance,” KOVR reported.

School administrators have also been tasked with establishing “age-appropriate” alternatives to suspension that are “designed to address and correct the pupil’s specific misbehavior.”

Senator Nancy Skinner, who sponsored the legislation, touted it as “one of the best ways to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline,” The Sacramento Bee reported. “SB 419 puts the needs of kids first…[and] keeps kids in school where they belong and where teachers and counselors can help them thrive.”

Students throughout the state missed over 150,000 days of class during the 2016-2017 academic year due to their unruly behavior, according to the State Senate.

“Under this highly subjective category, students are sent to an empty home, with no supervision, and denied valuable instructional time for anything from failing to turn in homework, not paying attention, or refusing to follow directions, taking off a coat or hat, or swearing in class,” Skinner alleged, according to KOVR.

Proponents of the bill said that such legislation was necessary because minority students have been suspended for disruptive behavior more frequently than white students.

“I strongly believe that SB 419 will bring justice to California youth by eliminating suspensions for disruption and defiance, putting an end to discriminatory discipline policies and instituting restorative justice practices,” civil rights activist Delores Huerta told The Sacramento Bee.

The Charter School Development Center (CSDC) argued that the new law is a “one-size-fits-all” attempt that is nothing more than “a fix in search of a problem,” according to the paper.

“Charter schools were created to be public schools exempt from most sections of the California Education Code,” the CSDC said, according to KOVR. “Imposing unnecessary restrictions on these schools of choice is counterintuitive to the original intent of the legislature.”

“This bill is based on no credible evidence of an expulsion problem in California charter schools,” the CSDC added. “To the contrary, charter schools often serve as a school of last resort of students who have been expelled from traditional schools and these pupils thrive in a charter school environment.”

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I almost posted this same news.

If we teach our children that there are not serious and humiliating consequences for willfully-defiant misbehavior, they will learn that. And then as they mature, that wisdom will affect their future behavior and have negative consequences for them and all of society.

We need to raise standards in this country, not lower them.

Here is the bill text...

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Yes, make the teachers and principals raise other people’s kids, they don’t have enough to deal with...sounds logical.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

So, the GOOD Students have to PAY and be taunted and Harassed? WOW, so much for Equality,,,Governor

Buffrat
Buffrat

As a student who was suspended repeatedly in elementary and Junior High I can tell you, you are making a mistake. My fellow students didn't and shouldn't have had to put up with my Bullshit behavior. Nor did the teacher. And although it took repeated suspensions to get it through my thick skull, it did indeed get through, and I never was suspended or display the same kind of conduct. Students are not their to stay out of the rain or see their friends, or perfect their comedy routines for a future career as a comedian. They are there to learn. But I'm guessing years of this kind of touchy feely BS you guys always peddle, is partially responsible for your citizens shooting up, and shitting and pissing in the streets.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I actually agree with this law;. Giving kids a few day off for poor behavior sends the wrong message. If you want to punish them, give them in school suspension for several days. They will hate that waaay more than a few extra days off from school

flybynight
flybynight

Oh don't worry, they'll become model and well adjusted citizens. /S

Justretired
Justretired

Go back to whippin that ass! Did me wonders when I was a head ass back in the day. Got it at school then got it when I got home by a 6'4 280 father.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

What is he going to outlaw next? Please and Thank you?

oldbat
oldbat

it's time we get this assh*** out of office.

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

This dude is off his rocker.

RPG156
RPG156

This is the mentality that facilitated the Stoneman Douglas massacre. He should study history.

LEO0301
LEO0301

"Proponents of the bill said that such legislation was necessary because minority students have been suspended for disruptive behavior more frequently than white students."

So the white students who are there to learn will just have to suffer the consequences of minority students who can't behave. Maybe if the minority student parent(s) would step in and spend a little time teaching their children how to act like human beings this wouldn't be an issue but I guess that is too much to ask.

DanaBare
DanaBare

Anyone take the other students into account? What happens to their mental health when they are exposed to other kids acting up all day long? In a world so concerned about mental health, I would think people would be concerned not only with the bad influence of unruly children, but also the stress and mental anguish well behaved kids are subjected to as they are forced to attend school with children who constantly cause a commotion.

Here you Californian politicians are, keeping good kids out of school over something like a chicken pox vaccine,but you will let a kid be mentally stressed all school year having to deal with their peers bad behavior. It's not just adults that suffer when a child is allowed to act a fool...all the children exposed to that suffer too....

But yall keep being afraid of some silly mild childhood illnesses and ignore the big issues...see how that works out for ya

Shepard
Shepard

Only a fool would agree to this law, teachers should not be the parent and let alone with shitty students who suffer no consequences for their actions

CinGuz
CinGuz

Absolutely outrageous!! As a former teacher what consequences are these kids getting for bad behavior? Not to mention the "good kids" not getting what little education they get in public schools. My niece went to a public school & the few kids who wanted to learn were put in the hall while the kids who didn't give a shit got to do what they wanted in the classroom. I live in Chicago & pay would NEVER send my son to public school. I pay over $12,000 for him to get a private education & it is worth every penny.

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe $oro$ can hire them as trolls? No brain required.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

So now you're going to coddle these disruptive students? Newsom seems hell bent on allowing sh#t like this, amongst other liberal bullsh#t, to be the new face of California!

flippant
flippant

Didn't this Governor ever hear of Parkland High School, Fla. ?

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Ah, destroying education by guaranteeing chaos in the classroom. And, to be sure, Democratic hostility to our law enforcement community evidences their intent to do the same for all of America.

javaguy746
javaguy746

Maybe that governor shoulda got his ass into a school ant teach for a year before he signed that bill

doc2715
doc2715

This law will only create future generations that never were taught about having consequences to making bad decisions. Then their attorneys in the future will say "your honor my client never knew it was bad to commit crimes". No matter what their what their color is. Never though anybody could be worst than Gerry Brown.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Yeah that's right. Coddle the little heathens!! They'll learn there's no consequences to their bad behavior. The good students also suffer having to deal with these punks day in and day out.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Another idiotic move by our POS governor. All the miscreant kids should be sent to his mansion to spend their "time out"!!!

TXMaverick
TXMaverick

If there is another more ignorant POS Mayor in the USA then Gavin Newsome...then I can't even comprehend how stupid that person must be.

The sad part is that California used to be a great place to go. People looked forward to going to CA to see the beaches and the forests and all of the other beautiful places. I wonder how long it will be before Newsome and his fellow twits end up screwing up the state so bad that the majority of the population just leaves.

LynnSB
LynnSB

The POS Governor WANTS the State in chaos !!

Mama1959
Mama1959

Age appropriate discipline????? Beat an ass or two, that's age appropriate!!

Insure01
Insure01

I'm glad you all agree, so what I expect nowadays... no backbone, accountability nor realizing that the person acting out is a perpetrator. What happens to us the victims? I literally went from honor roll all my years and in two sports to leaving school because I felt so violated. I was victim to harassment and violent threat by a gang of girls just because of my appearance it was unwarranted. Then date rape (my first experience) after a school function and never had 1% of any school help.. Even though my grades started to slide and an achiever I never had one time where someone cared I left school at 15 and at the first moment I could started working I did and in spiral I moved out and lived on my own. My life would have never have been so tragic if it were not for bad, mean and REVERSE racism. I guess it's the bad guys that get all the "love", if your white your bad, if you are trying hard in class your made fun of but if you act out (guess that's the way to get help) you are getting laws passed. Seems the more outrageous and wrong you are the more rewards and accommodations you get. The boy who raped me is now a cop and I ran into him a few years later and approached him about what he did saying "you ruined my life" and his response was "what are you going to do I'm hanging out wit cops and becoming one. So my thought process is it reminds me of the kid next door who would bite his mom when she picked him up if he was acting out and her response was "oh William your hurting me" I watched her do that for years. Get real, some people just are wrong and need to feel it before the GOOD APPLES SPOIL IN THE BUNCH". My pain will never go away, my life changed forever and anyone thinking there is not "good and "bad people out there are sadly mistaken.

Insure01
Insure01

My overall prospective on this would be parental participation based on the actions of their child. They would have to go in a parenting class with there child. There are too many parents not accepting responsibility for their childs actions and perhaps if they had consequences too we could make a change on all fronts.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

You have got to be kidding me. Make it legal for them to bring guns and knives to school next you idiot!

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Either make the parents attend class with their violent child, or send the kid to work with hus parents. But stop making violent kids STAY with their victims at school. These kids are mostly bullies. I taught for years, and keeping bullies in the same class is asking for a few government sanctioned murders down the road, mainly by those who were continually bullied.

This Govenor is a complete idiot.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

What is wrong with menial punishment on the school grounds? When younger I worked as an SRO ( School Resource Officer) and was assigned to one school. When the teacher had an issue they would contact me ( age 24 at the time) to come and take the trouble maker out of class. The student would then be assigned to sweep the outside basketball courts in the hot southern sun while I waited in the shade , sweep the hallways in front of the other students, clean the cafeteria , wash pots and pans, clean bathrooms , etc. Always something menial as a punishment and if the kid felt like discussing I would be there to discuss what they wanted to discuss, if not then I just watched over him( or her) to ensure they did what they were assigned to do for whatever set time period was felt appropriate. A few sessions and they were usually not repeat "customers". We need to stop coddling these infantile little children. The Governor is simply pandering to a population which disproportionately contributes to kids like these simply to secure his own position and votes. These punishments work on any skin color, any race, any gender, any age , any ethnicity, etc. I am now older but I believe these SRO's still exist in my state.