I you would've asked me my prediction for the vote, I would not have thought it'd be unanimous. This discussion leading up to this included so much talk about teachers needing the ability to banish students and stunt their learning because it was a valuable "tool." While some of that talk still persisted, I'm glad that nonsense was drowned out by an outpouring of community support for this positive change.
A coalition of teachers, students, and community members from across the district spoke up for our students. This is proof that when people come together in numbers and speak to their trustees, those trustees respond. Even trustees that were previously against the policy, questioned it, and wanted more information voted for the policy change.
It was remarkable that not one person showed up to support pre-K suspensions. Despite having heard about all these teachers that staunchly support kicking out kids, not one of the made an appearance. The Pro-toddler suspension voting bloc may still have some power, but they were not at the meeting in force. This is also an encouraging sign for the future.
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