Union leaders, parents and teachers packed the L.A. Unified Board of Education meeting Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
A decision by Los Angeles schools to ban "willful defiance"suspensions is the latest effort by districts around the nation to curb "zero tolerance" policies and find alternatives to keep disruptive kids in school.
The board of the nation's second-largest school district voted Tuesday to end the practice of removing students for such things as cursing a teacher, not doing homework or refusing to turn off a cellphone.
Instead, the board encouraged use of alternative discipline while reserving suspension for more serious or threatening behaviors.
LA Unified is the first California district to enact such a ban.
However, districts around the country have been revising their discipline policies because of studies that show children kicked out of schools have a much greater chance of getting into trouble with the law.