RI lawmakers: Suspensions no remedy for truancy


Rhode Island lawmakers say it’s counterproductive for schools to suspend students for playing hooky.

The state’s House of Representatives voted this week to prohibit school officials from placing students on suspension solely for skipping class. Instead, administrators would have to find other means of disciplining truant students.

Supporters said suspending a student for skipping class only makes it harder for them to catch up on the classwork they already missed.Students could still be suspended for other school violations.

The measure now moves to the state Senate. It was sponsored by Rep. Grace Diaz, a Providence Democrat.

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