Concerned by the fact that nearly one of every 10 West Virginia students was suspended from school in 2004, state lawmakers are looking at ways to keep such students in the classroom.
House Bill 3077 would create special classrooms in every school as an alternative to sending disruptive students home. Despite the expense, we support the idea, for two reasons.
The first is that students who are already having difficulty because of their behavior will be that much further behind their classmates when they return.
And as one of the bill's co-sponsors, Del. Sharon Spencer, D-Kanawha, said, parents who are struggling to put food on the table can't afford to take time off from work to watch their children.