The Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan wants the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to adopt a pledge to use student suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort.
The "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge asks the state to roll back its discipline code so that it's in line with the federal Gun Free Schools Act. It also asks districts to prioritize keeping kids in school and investing in preventative efforts.
Peri Stone-Palmquist is Executive Director of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan. She says the pledge also asks districts not to allow non-mandatory expulsions.
Stone-Plamquist brought the pledge before the board on the same night the board expelled a student for weapons violations.
Ypsilanti Community Schools trustees seemed to embrace the idea of the pledge. The Board of Education is expected to consider adopting the "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge next month.