Legislation Approved By State Senate Could Eliminate Schools’ Zero Tolerance Policy

A bill working its way through Lansing could do away with schools’ "zero tolerance" policy used to expel or suspend students.

The State Senate unanimously approved the legislation Tuesday.

It would require schools to consider different factors before they expel or suspend the student, for instance, age, disciplinary history, and whether their actions threatened the safety of others.

It would not apply when a student is expelled for bringing a gun to school.

Supports of the bill say there are too many incidents of children being expelled or suspended for bringing a butter knife or nail clippers to school.

The house will send the bill to Governor Snyder soon.