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D.C. Council Bill Would Minimize Pre-K Suspensions

A D.C. Council member is sponsoring legislation to prohibit the city's public schools from suspending or expelling pre-kindergarten students except in rare circumstances.

The legislation from Council member David Grosso follows a recent city report that found 181 3- and 4-year-olds received out-of-school suspensions in the 2012-13 school year.

The Washington Post reports that the proposal applies to both the city's traditional and charter schools.

Advocates of the change say pre-kindergartners are being punished for behavior not necessarily inappropriate for their age, like temper tantrums and bathroom accidents.

The legislation is part of a broader examination of suspension policy. The same report found 10,000 of the District's 80,000 students were suspended at least once in the 2012-13 school year.

Last year, Prince George's County, Maryland, overhauled and relaxed its suspension policy.

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