Legislation that would temper the way schools discipline students passed the Illinois House and Senate and now awaits the governor’s approval.
Suspensions and expulsions could be used only as a last resort.
Sarah Johnson, one of the youth leaders of the group, said the plan is designed to change the culture of schools.
“Our education system should be wanting us to stay in school and right now they’re pushing us out of school. So the environment that we’re in, that our young people are in right now, is not an environment of learning. It’s an environment of push-out."