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Legislative notebook: 2 state bills that would cap school suspensions die

Legislative notebook: 2 state bills that would cap school suspensions die

An effort to cut suspension maximums for students in Virginia public schools has hit the rocks, with a pair of bills dying Monday, but another pair still in play.

Senate Bill 995, which would have capped most suspensions at 90 school days, went down on a bipartisan 39-56 vote in the House. Senate bill 997, to cap suspensions not involving a criminal conviction at five days for children in preschool through third grade, went down 46-50.

School officials have worked against both bills, saying they tie administrators' hands. Legislators who argued against the measure Monday argued in favor of local control and said some students are simply too dangerous or disruptive to keep in a...

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