ACLU calls for DOE to reform its school suspension practices
The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is calling for the Department of Education to reform its school suspension practices.
The ACLU has asked for a federal investigation into the matter, specifically pertaining to students with disabilities.
According to data from the U.S. Education Department, special needs students lose up to 95 days of instruction per year because of behavioral problems.
That's more than twice that of students without disabilities.
"This could be fixed pretty easily. They don't need a court order or anything else. All they have to do is just stop this whole reliance on the use of suspensions and start educating these kids in the school like they're supposed to," Louis Erteschik, Executive Director of the Hawaii Disability Rights Center said.
The State Department of Education responded to the ACLU stating that school suspensions are on a decline and that the issue has been addressed.