CCSA Answers: AB 420: Pupil discipline: suspensions and expulsions: willful defiance and charter schools

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September 10, 2016 Question: Does AB 420: Pupil discipline: suspensions and expulsions: willful defiance apply to charter schools?

Answer: No. AB 420 does not apply to charter schools because the Education Code section referenced therein does not apply to charter schools. Charter schools are exempt from most sections of the Education Code due to our Megawaiver. However, charter schools should work to implement alternatives to the traditional suspensions/expulsion model, in an effort to keep students in the classroom and help end the "suspension to prison pipeline." More resources are available here.