Legislative History on Alternative Discipline in California
- In 2013, the Legislature passed AB 420, which prohibited willful defiance suspensions statewide for grades K-3 until July 2018.
- The ban on K-3 suspensions was made permanent in a 2018-19 budget trailer bill.
- SB 419 now extends the existing ban on willful defiance suspensions to grades 4 and 5 statewide, with the prohibition on such suspensions for grades 6 through 8, sunsetting in five years. Source
The illustration shows the difference between a system using restorative practices and one using zero tolerance.