CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Board of Education was set to vote later this week on changes in the student discipline code, a move that likely will mean fewer students suspensions for Chicago Public Schools students next school year.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports CPS officials have decided to move away from zero-tolerance approaches to student discipline.READ MORE: 3 Killed, At Least 3 Wounded In Kenosha County Bar Shooting; Person Of Interest Located
As a result, the district should end up with fewer students being given automatic out-of-school suspensions for violations such as using a cell phone in class.
Students in preschool through 2nd grade almost never would face a suspension. There also would not be any mandatory suspensions for students up to 5th grade, except possibly for bringing a weapon to school.READ MORE: 7-Year-Old Girl Killed, Father Injured In Shooting At McDonald's Drive-Thru In Hman Square
CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she wants a more holistic approach to dealing with bad behavior.
The proposal also includes a more streamlined appeals process for parents and guardians to express concerns over disciplinary actions handed down by the district.MORE NEWS: 2 Killed Including 7-Year-Old Girl, 22 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
The Chicago Teachers Union called the changes a step in the right direction.