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Louisville School Board Weighs In On High Number Elementary Suspensions

At least two members of the Jefferson County Board of Education say they want the state’s largest school district to discuss limiting or banning suspensions of some of its youngest students after a Courier Journal investigation found suspensions of elementary children had skyrocketed.

Board member Chris Kolb, who has long been critical of the number of suspensions in Jefferson County Public Schools, said he is going to “push really hard” to have a moratorium on elementary and preschool suspensions, with a few exceptions.

Kolb pointed to a Courier Journal report that found that Jefferson County Public Schools have seen a 240 percent increase in elementary suspensions in the past three years. Elementary students missed more than 7,600 days last year on suspension — the equivalent of about 12 years.