by Lola Duffort, VT Digger, May 14th, 2021.
Sen. Kesha Ram, D-Chittenden, who co-sponsored S.16, introduced legislation when she was a member of the House a half-decade ago to ban expulsion of the youngest students. But she said she ran into headwinds from the education community.
This time around, the organization representing the state’s superintendents, school boards and principals did not object to the ban — and even encouraged lawmakers to expand it to include private schools. (They did not.)
“It’s really encouraging and heartening. I think people’s perceptions and sympathies are changing quickly,” Ram said. “Six or seven years ago, I could not get people to agree on even banning expulsion for children under 8. So this is a really big moment in education reform and criminal justice reform.”