End School Suspensions for Students PreK-5th grade!

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In Arizona, students as young as five-years-old can be suspended indefinitely for any reason, including typical behavioral issues. And according to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), harsh discipline policies that push students out of school impact Black, Brown and Indigenous students at a higher rates, as well as students with disabilities.

When a student is suspended, they lose important instructional time and become less likely to graduate on time. When a student is suspended, they are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system.

That’s why the ACLU of Arizona supports HB 2123 a bill aimed at eliminating suspensions for students in preschool through fifth grade. This bill is a great first step towards a more equitable and just school system for all Arizona students.

Contact your representative and urge them to support this bill!

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Students suspended from school are more likely to…

Students suspended from school are more likely to: repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system down the road. This is why I am urging you to support HB 2123 — a bill that would protect young students in preschool through fifth grade from harsh disciplinary policies like school suspensions and keep learning in the classroom.

Some Arizona schools have used exclusionary discipline practices far too regularly and for far too long. These tactics are ineffective in addressing children’s behavior, and are harmful to the student, their family, the school district, and the community as a whole. We should not be suspending our youngest students for indefinite amounts of time. I urge you to vote for HB 2123.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
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