The number of students suspended or expelled from public schools in California dropped last year. That's according to a recent report. But student advocates want lawmakers to do more to end what they call overly harsh discipline policies.
They say way too many kids are still being kicked out of school for minor reasons. In addition, African Americans are suspended and expelled at much higher rates.
Advocates are pushing a bill that would change how students are disciplined.
"Under the law, only middle and high school students can be suspeneded and only for a third offense and if alternative approaches to discpline haven't work," according to the California Report's Ann Tintocalis.