U.S. DOE and DOJ Release School Discipline Guidance Package
Reality: Kids with disabilities, especially minority kids, far more likely to be suspended, expelled, arrested, restrained than non-disabled kids.
Each year, significant numbers of students miss class due to suspensions and expulsions—even for minor infractions of school rules—and students of color and with disabilities are disproportionately impacted.
DOE and DOJ developed a package of guidance information that includes:
- Dear Colleague letter describing how schools can meet their legal obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color or national origin
- Publication about “best practices” describing three key principles and related action steps to guide state and local efforts to improve school climate and school discipline
- Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources
- Online Catalog of School Discipline Laws and Regulations
The transformed CRDC makes public long hidden data about discipline in schools. Get a good visual summary of all kinds of information about:
- restraint and seclusion
- student retention
- and… the disparate rates between disabled and non-disabled kids