With 400,000 high school suspensions in California schools annually, lots of parents have begun to wonder whether the practice isn't being way overused. Two recent studies have made clear that African American and disabled students are disproportionately singled out for suspension. Students argue that suspensions push kids out of school instead of trying to keep them in school. We talk with Maisie Chin, founder of a parents group called CADRE [www.cadre-la.org], who is advocating for a suspension of suspension policies in Los Angeles. We are also joined by FREE LA Charter high school student Leslie Mendoza.
On Monday September 10 from 3-6 pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium at The Central L.A. Library a forum will be held with students, parents, community leaders and school experts about this issue.