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.