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NYC mayoral candidate favors suspending kindergarten kids who are 'disruptive to the classroom'

Oct 5, 2017, New York Post: Malliotakis wants to bring back suspensions for kindergartners http://nypost.com/2017/10/05/malliotakis-trashes-de-blasio-for-citys-failing-infrastructure/ GOP mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis on Thursday said she would enforce stricter disciplinary measures in schools — including making it easier to suspend kids as young as 5. Mayor de Blasio last year called for eliminating suspensions for students in kindergarten to grade 2 and instead focus on more appropriate ways to discipline kids that young. But, in the face of strong opposition by the teachers’ union and others, the city has instead tried to reduce those types of suspensions to all but the most extreme cases. Malliotakis wants to set the bar lower.... “But if they are disruptive to the classroom and the learning environment, then I do believe there is a place for suspension.” In the 2015-16 school year, there were 801 suspensions of students in grades K to 2 — down 45 percent from the previous year, when there were 1,454. The administration’s latest policy barring most suspensions for kids in those grades was instituted only this school year. Malliotakis presented the reforms as part of a wider policy to bolster school discipline and safety in the wake of a stabbing by a Bronx high school student last week that left one teen dead and another injured. … But state data, which records a much wider range of school incidents, show that schools have seen the number of incidents categorized as “violent” increase each year under the de Blasio administration.