School suspension caps move forward at legislature

Virginia elementary schools logged 16,000 student suspensions in a single school year, just for children from pre-K to third grade.

Legislation moved forward Wednesday to rein that in, forbidding suspensions longer than five school days in those grades except in extreme cases. Separate legislation generally capping long-term suspensions at 45 days at any grade level also cleared committee Wednesday, advancing a pair of high priorities for advocates pushing reforms on school discipline and juvenile justice.

The current cap is 364 days.
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