Missouri minority students suspended at disproportionate rate
For the upcoming legislative session, Nasheed plans to sponsor bills to tackle the issue. She hopes to pass legislation about anti-bullying, individual learning plans for students and ending social promotion.
Social promotion refers to a school moving a student to the next grade when a student doesn’t have the necessary skills to do so.
Nasheed said her bills would put mechanisms in place to identify at-risk students and help them build the necessary skills to get back on track.
“(Those mechanisms) looks like mandatory summer school. It looks like increased funding for tutoring at no cost for the parents,” Nasheed said. “It looks like ‘looping,’ where a kid can stay in the same classroom of a teacher they are familiar with” through more than one grade level.
The senator is hopeful her bills will become law.
“A lot of things that I’ve put into bills, people have supported,” Nasheed said. “I’m sure if it’s a standalone piece of legislation we can get some traction.”