A radically reduced bill that would ban some public school suspensions won final legislative approval Thursday.
Without discussion, the legislation cleared the Louisiana House 53-36, the minimum votes needed to pass.
The measure, Senate Bill 54, started as an effort to ban most out-of-school suspensions for Louisiana’s youngest students.
Senate President Pro Tem Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge, watered down her own bill amid criticism from education groups that her initial proposal went too far.
The revamped version would ban suspensions for most school uniform violations.
Those cases represent a tiny fraction of the 7,400 suspensions last year in kindergarten, first, second and third grades.
The new rules would apply to students from prekindergarten through fifth grade.