Soon for Expelled Students: Full-Time Education
September 8, 2017
What kind of education should the hundreds of students who are expelled each year from Connecticut’s public schools receive?
That’s long been up to local educators to determine.
That’s about to change soon – courtesy of a new state law mandating that the State Board of Education set standards by Aug. 15. A lawsuit against the state that documented what expelled students were getting – or not getting – also helped.
Marisa Halm, an attorney with the Center for Children’s Advocacy, one of three groups representing the students in the lawsuit, said during an interview Wednesday that she was pleased by the new standards.
“This is really good news for students… It means a few hours of tutoring a week is no longer acceptable,” she said. “The state really should be playing more of a role… This has just been a population of students that for whatever reason hasn’t been a focus of the state Department of Education.”