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A recent WYSO investigation revealed thousands of kindergarten through third grade students are suspended each year. State data also show school officials remove children of color from the classroom much more often than white children.

A new WYSO analysis of state education data reveals tens of thousands of students across the state are removed from school before the fourth grade for minor discipline issues.

To address these high rates, lawmakers have proposed prohibiting teachers from suspending younger students for lesser offenses. WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with producer April Laissle to learn more about the legislation.

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar and her son Amir
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A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued over 30,000 suspensions to kindergarten through third-grade students during the 2016 school year. In Dayton, the same data show hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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A few dozen school-age students joined a union-backed coalition at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday for a small but vocal protest against “zero tolerance” policies that result in kids being kicked out of school.

  The group, which included some students who’d been suspended or expelled from elementary school, held up signs reading “give kids second chances” and “more help less punishment”.

Molly Shack with the Ohio Student Association says the worst stories she’s heard involve suspensions at schools she says are underfunded and under-resourced.