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Temporary or Trend: Suspensions for Youngest Students Fall

Elementary School classroom at Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford, August 2020. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

According to data reported by the Connecticut State Department of Education, there have not been any students in grades K-2 suspended in West Hartford in at least the past five years.

By Lisa Backus, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Advocates are cautiously optimistic about newly released figures showing the number of students in kindergarten through second grade who were suspended in the 2020-21 school year is down markedly compared to the prior year, according to state Department of Education data.

But as many pointed out, it’s still too early to tell if the number of suspended students decreased because school districts are limiting the practice or if remote learning during the pandemic skewed the results.

“Any downward trend is good, even if some of the year for some of the students was remote,” said state Child Advocate Sarah Eagan in an email. “While the state has laudably focused on reducing suspension for this age group, the downward trend is further justification to ban the practice altogether.”

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