The Minnesota Senate said “no” last night (Wed) to require that school districts have policies to minimize suspensions and expulsions of students. Minneapolis Democrat Patricia Torres Ray says students of color are removed from school much more often than their white counterparts and studies show…

“Exact same cases, where children of different race and ethnicity… were actually treated differently.”

But Rochester Republican Carla Nelson warns that under the proposed policy…

“It appears that schools would be prohibited from suspending students for drug possession, theft, skipping classes, harassment, disruptive actions.”

The vote came during a debate on a major public school funding bill.