In doing so, the state is following in the footsteps of its large districts—Los Angeles and San Francisco—that have already moved away from using "disruption/willful defiance" as a reason for suspension. The practice has been criticized for its disparate impacts on minority students.
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July 21, 2014
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June 13, 2014
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March 26, 2014
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March 03, 2014
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