Among the many legislative changes from the most recent session of the General Assembly, one involves modifications to the rules for student suspensions and expulsions. Specifically, Public Act 15-96 restricts the ability of school districts to expel or give out-of-school suspensions to their youngest students.
Students in preschool through grade two now may only receive an out-of-school suspension if, after an informal hearing, the school administration determines that an out-of-school suspension is appropriate based on evidence that the student’s conduct on school grounds is of “a violent or sexual nature that endangers persons.” This is a significantly more restrictive standard than for students grades three through twelve.
Students in grades kindergarten to grade two may only be expelled from school for mandatory expellable offenses, which are  possession of a firearm or deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or martial arts weapon on school grounds;  possession of a firearm off school grounds, or use of a firearm, deadly weapon or deadly instrument in the commission of a crime; or  sale or distribution of a controlled substance. They no longer may be expelled from school for non-mandatory offenses.
As for preschool students, a preschool program can only expel a student when a student was in possession of a firearm on or off school grounds or at an event sponsored by the preschool program (hopefully a rare occurrence). Although one suspects that this change in the law will not be a significant one for the vast majority of school districts, it does illustrate the increased focus on school disciplinary practices by the legislature and advocacy groups, particularly for the youngest students.