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From the ECS State Policy Database
School Climate/Culture


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
CAVetoed 09/2014P-12Pupils by Gender Participating in Athletics as Measure of School Climate
A.B. 2512
From bill summary: Commencing January 1, 2018, authorizes a school district or county board of education to include as a measure of school climate for certain purposes compliance with specified federal
gender equity requirements, including, but not limited to,...

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ILSigned into law 06/2014P-12Alternate Surveys of Learning Conditions
H.B. 5546 - Alternate Surveys of Learning Conditions
Authorizes a district to use, at school district expense, an alternate survey of learning conditions instrument than the statewide survey instrument, provided the district provides notice to the state board along with certification indicating that the alternat...

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LAPassed 05/2014P-12Improving School Discipline and Climate
S.R. 174
Requests the state board to review and consider adopting the U.S. Department of Education's "Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline" as a master plan for supporting student behavior and discipline. http://www.legis.la....

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Education Budget - Closing the Opportunity Gap
S.B. 6002
From Legislative Budget Notes publication:
CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP - One-time funding totaling $245,000 is provided for strategies to close the opportunity gap. Provided within these funds is:
(1) $28,000 for the Office of the Superintendent of Public In...

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VASigned into law 02/2014P-12Electronic Cigarettes Prohibited
H.B. 484
Requires each school board to develop and implement a policy to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity and include in its code of student conduct a prohibition against possessing electro...

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LAPassed 06/2013P-12Subcommittee to Study Issues Affecting School Environment, Including School Violence
S.R. 203
Authorizes the chairman of the senate education committee to appoint a subcommittee to study issues affecting school environment, including school violence. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=856378&n=SR203%20Enrolled ...

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CASigned into law 08/2011P-12California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey
S.C.R. 18
From bill summary: States legislative intent to pursue every means necessary to ensure that the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CAL-SCHLS) remains viable and urges the state
to pursue federal funding, grants, or other sources to ensure ...

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WISigned into law 05/2010P-12Objections to Race-Based Nicknames, Logos, etc.
S.B. 25
Under the Act (Act No. 250), a school district resident may object to the use of a race-based nickname, logo, mascot, or team name by a school board of that school district by filing a complaint with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The state su...

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CASigned into law 04/2010P-12Healthy School Environments
A.C.R. 145
Encourages schools and districts to take proactive and preventative steps to create healthy school environments, including training staff on best maintenance practices, developing and implementing
self-assessments and indoor environmental quality management pl...

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