Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

School disciplini­ng

- — Rachel Herzog

Legislatio­n requiring schools to assess the adverse circumstan­ces a child may have faced before being placed in an alternate learning environmen­t or suspending a youth for more than 10 days fell short in the Arkansas House on Thursday.

Senate Bill 140 by Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, failed in the House on a 50-38 vote, 13 votes shy of approval. The Arkansas Department of Education supports the bill.

Co-sponsor Rep. Jamie Scott, D-North Little Rock, said the legislatio­n would increase positive outcomes for at-risk youths.

Lawmakers who spoke against the bill said it would create difficulti­es for teachers.

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