Dear Assemblymember Santiago,
On average, charter public schools in California are suspending and expelling students at a lower rate than our traditional public schools. That’s why I oppose SB322-- it would force charter public schools to follow the same suspension and expulsion rules required of traditional public schools.
According to the California Department of Education:
- For every racial subgroup, the average rate of suspensions for charter schools is lower than traditional schools.
- For example, the out-of-school suspension rate for African American students in charter schools are only about half of traditional schools’ suspension rates.
I oppose SB 322 because it would impose burdensome and unnecessary rules onto our schools that would hurt, not help, many restorative justice approaches to discipline. SB 322 would also force charter schools to submit a material revision to update their discipline policies, costing charter schools money and staff time to comply.
Current law is sufficient because it already requires charter schools to have expulsion and suspension policies approved by the authorizer, and they must follow state and federal due process protections for students
As a supporter of the students of Los Angeles, I urge you to vote no on SB322.