State lawmakers want to form a task force of educators and advocates to look into the issue of pre-kindergarten suspensions, a little-known practice that came to light recently amid a surge in 3- and 4-year-olds being temporarily kicked out of Baltimore public schools.
A bill introduced this week by Del. Barbara Robinson calls for establishing an 11-member task force that includes political leaders, representatives of the state Department of Education and the Baltimore City school system, and members of parent and advocacy organizations.
Robinson, a Baltimore Democrat, said she was “appalled” to learn that pre-kindergartners were being suspended and that the city’s black and special-education students were being disproportionately punished.
“Rather than just make it a Baltimore City study, we wanted to make it a statewide study,” Robinson said. “We want to take a better look at it, find out why, and if we can stop those type of suspensions from happening and find a better way of disciplining.”