Dallas ISD changes elementary school suspension policy

- The Dallas school board agreed its younger students should no longer be suspended from school for minor problems.

Last year the Dallas Independent School District suspended more than 5,000 elementary school students.

Parents and community leaders have been demanding a change and on Thursday night protested outside the administration building.

Many argue suspending younger students only causes them to fall behind and makes them more likely to drop out of school or get into trouble later in life.

Trustees agreed and voted unanimously to change the discipline policy for Pre-K through 2nd graders. Going forward elementary schools will handle disruptive students on campus rather than send them home.

Dallas ISD said teachers will receive training at the beginning of the next school year on how to best respond to disruptive students.

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