We Must Ban Exclusionary Discipline for Young Children

Children under seven are suspended from classrooms at an alarming rate in Connecticut for behavioral outbursts. This happens without proper planning to address the emotions causing these outbursts, and without consideration for how this will impact their schooling. Keeping students in the classroom is vital to a supportive and successful community. In order to do so effectively, we must ban exclusionary discipline and increase social-emotional learning and mental health resources in our schools.  Exclusionary discipline, including suspension and expulsion, removes or excludes a student from their usual educational setting or learning environment, and is often a result of behavioral outbursts