DC Council to consider banning suspensions of preschoolers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A D.C. Council committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would ban out-of-school suspensions for preschoolers.

Councilmember David Grosso (GRAH'-so) introduced the bill last month, and all 10 of his colleagues have signed on as co-sponsors.

A report released last year by the District superintendent's office found that 181 pre-kindergarten students were suspended from District public schools during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grosso, an independent, has said he doesn't see any reason why a 3- or 4-year-old should be suspended or expelled from school. The hearing will be held Wednesday by the council's education committee, which Grosso chairs.

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