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From the ECS State Policy Database
School Safety--Expulsion/Suspension


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 09/2014P-12Homeless Students
A.B. 1806
From bill summary: Provides that if an individual with exceptional needs is a homeless child or youth, and the local educational agency has proposed a change of placement due to an act for which a decision to recommend expulsion is at the discretion of the pri...

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CASigned into law 09/2014P-12Placement Procedures If Referred Student Is Not Expelled
S.B. 1111 - Placement Procedures If Referred Student Is Not Expelled
From bill summary: Requires local board policies governing expulsion procedures to require a pupil referred for expulsion, if a hearing officer or administrative panel decides not to recommend expulsion, to be permitted to return only to the classroom instruct...

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CATo governor 09/2014P-12Prohibiting Suspensions of K-3 Students, Limiting Grounds for Expulsions for K-12 Students
A.B. 420
From bill summary: Eliminates the authority to suspend a pupil in grades K-3, and the authority to recommend for expulsion a pupil enrolled in any grades K-12, for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of those school ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2014P-12School Discipline Reporting
S.B. 2793
Directs the state board, by October 31, 2015 and annually thereafter, to prepare a report on student discipline in all school districts, including charter schools, to be posted on the state board website. Requires that the report include data on out-of-school ...

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CTSigned into law 06/2014P-12Expunging Student Expulsion Records
S.B. 477
From the bill analysis: This bill makes various changes in current law regarding erasure of student expulsion records. By law, a student's cumulative educational records must include notice of any expulsion and the behavior that caused it.

Regarding students ...

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LAPassed 06/2014P-12Study of School Discipline Policies
S.C.R. 134
Urges and requests the state board to study the status of school suspensions and expulsions, as well as plans to revise current school discipline policies in response to the "Supportive School Discipline Initiative"
launched by the U.S. departments of educatio...

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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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LATo governor 05/2014P-12Criteria for Admitting or Readmitting a K-12 Student
H.B. 407
Repeals existing provisions on criteria for admitting students. Requires that a local board grant admission or readmission to any student who lives within the school system's geographic boundaries; meets certain eligibility requirements for school admission, i...

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OKSigned into law 04/2014P-12Weapons for ROTC or Military Okay on School Campus
H.B. 2496
Add to the list of weapons that do not violate the list of prohibited weapons on school campus: A gun, knife, bayonet or other weapon in the possession of a member of a veterans group, the national guard, active military, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (...

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WVSigned into law 03/2014P-12Allowing Certain Expelled Students to Return to School through Juvenile Drug Court
S.B. 252
Adds a new section allowing a school expulsion period to be reduced for certain student participants in Juvenile Drug Court; specifying individuals who may refer an expelled student to Juvenile Drug Court; designating responsibilities of Juvenile Drug Court, j...

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SDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Suspension Requirements Extracurricular Activities
S.B. 113
Specifies that a one-year suspension for possession, use or distribution of controlled substances may be reduced to 30 days if the student participates in an assessment with a certified or licensed additiction counselor. If the suspension is reduced, the stude...

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VASigned into law 03/2014P-12Expulsion for Drug Offenses
H.B. 751
Permits the school board to expel any student whom the school board has determined to have brought a controlled substance, imitation controlled substance, or synthetic cannabinoids onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity. A school board may, how...

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VASigned into law 02/2014P-12Student Expulsion
S.B. 441
Clarifies that students who have committed certain weapons or drugs offenses are not required to be expelled regardless of the facts of the particular situation.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB441ER+pdf...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion: Bullying
A.B. 256
Permits suspension or expulsion of a student for an electronic act of bullying that originates off a schoolsite. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0251-0300/ab_256_bill_20131010_chaptered.pdf ...

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OKSigned into law 09/2013P-12School Protection Act
H.B. 1009
Creates the School Protection Act, stating that the purpose is to provide teachers, principals, and other school professionals the tools they need to undertake reasonable actions to maintain order, discipline, and an appropriate educational environment. Any st...

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ORSigned into law 06/2013P-12Disciplinary Policies of Schools
H.B. 2192
Amends existing law starting with the 2014-2015 school year to require each district school board to adopt written policies for the discipline, suspension or expulsion of any refractory student which may allow discipline, suspension or expulsion for conduct. O...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Suspension & Expulsion
S.B. 264
Requires suspension of any student who commits or threatens violence against school personnel or assaults a principal, teacher, school bus driver or other school personnel with vulgar, obscene or threatening language immediately following any required procedur...

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TNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Zero Tolerance Policies
S.B. 1215
Requires a local board of education to add to its zero tolerance policy the transmission by an electronic device of a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student. Requires the reporting and punishment of such prohibited conduct by certai...

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TNSigned into law 04/2013P-12Student Discipline
S.B. 113
Extends mandatory suspensions to students initiating violence on school property or at a school activity, including travel to and from school. Specifies that a student may be excused from disciplinary action if the student is determined, after an investigation...

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ARSigned into law 04/2013P-12School Discipline
S.B. 1147
Requires public schools to record when a student's absence is the result of an out of school suspension. Details reporting requirements, definitions. Stipulates reporting must be disaggregated by subgroup and achievement level. Directs department of education ...

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WYSigned into law 03/2013P-12Disclosure of Info from Juvenile Court to School
H.B. 47
Provides for the disclosure of information of the misconduct of a minor (from juvenile court) to the administrative employee or trustee of a minor's school for the purpose of the suspension or expulsion of a minor if the court with jurisdiction over the minor'...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Foster Children (Including Pupils with Disabilities), and Disciplinary Issues
A.B. 1909
From bill summary: Requires each local education agency (LEA)'s educational liaison for foster children, if so designated by the LEA superintendent, to notify the attorney and the appropriate representative of the county child welfare agency for a foster child...

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CAVetoed 09/2012P-12Reducing Student Suspensions
S.B. 1235
From bill summary: Existing law states that a school should consider implementing a supervised suspension program or an alternative to the school's off-campus suspension program that involves a progressive discipline approach using specified activities if duri...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Community CollegeGoverning Board Discretion to Enroll or Deny Enrollment to Previously Expelled Community College Student
A.B. 2171
From bill summary: Authorizes the governing board of a community college district to either deny enrollment, permit enrollment, or permit conditional enrollment to any individual who has been expelled from a
community college within the preceding 5 years, or w...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Alternatives to Suspension, Expulsion; Other Means of Correction
A.B. 1729
From bill summary: Authorizes a superintendent or principal to use alternatives to suspension or expulsion that are age appropriate and designed to address and correct the pupil's specific misbehavior. Authorizes a district to document the other means of corre...

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CAVetoed 09/2012P-12Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion
A.B. 2242
From bill summary: Provides that, if the district superintendent or principal determines that a pupil has disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school ...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Suspensions and Expulsions
A.B. 2537
From bill summary: Deletes provision that made it an infraction for a principal or superintendent to willfully not notify appropriate city or county law enforcement agencies of certain unlawful acts committed by a pupil that may result in the pupil's suspensio...

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LAAdopted 09/2012P-12Student Expulsion Hearings for Recovery School District Schools
LAC 28:CXLV.703
From Louisiana Register: Currently, the Recovery School District (RSD) Student Hearing Office conducts all student expulsion hearings for RSD New Orleans direct-run schools, and on an as-requested basis, conducts expulsion hearings for RSD charter schools and ...

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MASigned into law 08/2012P-12Student Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School
H.B. 4332
Requires districts to continue to provide educational services to students who have been suspended or expelled. Requires principals to ensure that students who are suspended from school for 10 or fewer consecutive days, whether in or out of school, shall have ...

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ILAdopted 05/2012P-12School Success Task Force Extended
H.J.R. 67
Extends the School Success Task Force established during the 96th General Assembly and adds a member to the Task Force representing City of Chicago School District 299. Directs the School Success Task Force to submit a report before December 31, 2012. http://w...

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COSigned into law 05/2012P-12Safe School Provisions
H.B. 1345 (sec. 22+)
Includes, among other provisions, safe school components. Requires local boards to adopt a mission statement that includes making safety for all students and staff a priority in each school. Requires each district to take reasonable measures to ensure that eac...

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COSigned into law 05/2012P-12Grounds for Suspension, Expulsion or Denial of Admission for "Habitually Disruptive"
H.B. 1345 - Suspension/Expulsion Details
Amends reasons for expelling an habitually disruptive student to include committing one of the following offenses on school grounds, in a school vehicle, or at a school activity or sanctioned event: possession of a dangerous weapon without the authorization of...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12School Safety--Student Removal
S.B. 3116
Charges each local board of education with adopting a policy regarding a teacher's ability to relocate a student for that student's safety or the safety of others. Defines use of reasonable or justifiable force. Requires teacher to file a brief report. Stipula...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12School Bus Safety
H.B. 2789
Regulates student conduct on school buses. Permits school personnel, including school bus drivers, to use reasonable force, subject to certain restrictions, in maintaining discipline.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB2789.pdf...

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WISigned into law 04/2012P-12Use of Law enforcement or Juvenile Court Records for Discipline
S.B. 315
Prohibits use of law enforcement or juvenile court records to expel or suspend a pupil or as the sole basis for taking any other disciplinary action. Allows, however, law enforcement officers' records obtained under s. 938.396 (1) (c) 3. to be the sole basis f...

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WISigned into law 12/2011P-12Charter Contracts May Include Grounds for Expulsion
S.B. 95 - Section 9 - 118.40 (2r) (b)
This new section of law allows a charter or contract to include grounds for expelling a pupil from the charter school. If such grounds are included, they must include the procedures to be followed by the charter school. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/re...

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DESigned into law 08/2011P-12Uniform School Discipline Requirements Across Districts
H.B. 42
Directs the department of education to promulgate student discipline regulations, so as to create uniform definitions for student conduct that may result in alternative placement or expulsion, uniform due process procedures for alternative placement meetings a...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Transfer of Suspended or Expelled Students to Alternative Education
H.B. 2086
Permits a student who has been suspended for more than 20 days to be immediately transferred to an alternative program. Provides that an eligible student may not be denied participation in an alternative learning opportunities program solely because s/he has b...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Student Suspension and Expulsion and Electronic Communications
H.B. 3281
Permits a district to expel a student guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct perpetuated by electronic means. Permits a student to be suspended for up to 10 days or to be expelled for up to two years if (1) the student has made an explicit threat on a Web...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Expelled Students Participation in Adult Education Programs
H.B. 6433
Specifies that a student who has been expelled for the first time and is at least 16 years old is not required to withdraw from regular public school to attend adult education as part of an alternative educational opportunity during the expulsion. Allows such...

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LAVetoed 07/2011P-12Student Discipline Policies
S.B. 67
Relates to the discipline of students. Adds restorative justice practices to options for disciplinary measures when students are removed from classrooms. Indicates discliplinary measures that need to be implemented before students can return to classrooms. Req...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Expulsion for Breach of Computer Security
H.B. 1224
Provides a student may be expelled if the student accesses a district-owned or -operated computer, computer network or computer system, and knowingly either alters, damages or deletes school district property or information, or commits a breach of any other co...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Exemption from Placement in Juvenile Justice Program
H.B. 592
From fiscal note: Exempts a county with a population of 125,000 or greater from the requirement that expelled students and students meeting other mandatory placement requirements be placed in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). The parame...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Expulsion or Placement in Disciplinary Alternative Education
H.B. 968
Requires a student who receives deferred prosecution for, is found by a court or jury to have engaged in, or a superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief that a student has engaged in aggravated robbery to be removed from class and placed in a discipli...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Reorganizes and Clarifies Provisions Relating to School Discipline
H.B. 736
Clarifies the definitions of the following terms: alternative education services; corporal punishment; educational property; explusion; firearm; long-term suspension; parent; destructive device; principal; school official; school personnel; short-term suspensi...

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ILAdopted 05/2011P-12School Success Task Force
H.J.R. 7
Extends the School Success Task Force established during the 96th General Assembly. Directs the task force to submit a report by December 31, 2011. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/97/HJR/PDF/09700HJ0007lv.pdf...

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COSigned into law 05/2011P-12School Discipline and Zero Tolerance Policies
S.B. 133
Creates a task force to study school discipline practices and zero tolerance policies and the use of law enforcement and other juvenile justice sanctions for school behavior.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/4573402A707373F187257...

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NMVetoed 03/2011P-12Student Data Systems
H.B. 321
Would expand data collection and reporting requirements to include the number of student expulsions and suspensions. The data would organized by age, gender, and race/ethnicity; include student enrollment by English language homeless or low-income program; and...

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ILSigned into law 07/2010P-12School Board Business, Conflicts of Interest
S.B. 3515
Allows a school treasurer to pay recurring bills upon certification by the clerk or secretary of the school board (instead of requiring an order of the school board signed by the president and clerk or secretary or by a majority of the board). Makes changes to...

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CTSigned into law 05/2010P-12Out-of-School Suspensions
S.B. 438 - Sec. 18
Provides that all student suspensions must be in-school suspensions, unless during the hearing the administration determines that an out-of-school suspension is appropriate for such pupil based on evidence of (1) previous disciplinary problems that have led to...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Student Expulsion
S.B. 1718
Clarifies "weapon" for purposes of student eligibility for expulsion. Provides for the expulsion of a student who is determined to have brought a firearm, a knife, brass knuckles, a billy club, or any other object used to cause bodily harm, to school or any sc...

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LAAdopted 06/2009P-12Guidelines for Expelled Students and their Parents
LAC 28:CXV.1309
Specifies the offenses for which expelled students and their parents or guardians shall have enrolled in and participate in an appropriate rehabilitation counseling program.
http://doa.louisiana.gov/osr/lac/28v115/28v115.doc...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Student Firearm Possession while Not on School Campus
H.B. 1020
Provides that a student may not be expelled solely on the basis of the student's use, exhibition or possession of a firearm at an approved target range facility not on a school campus, or while participating in or preparing for a school-sponsored shooting spor...

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DESigned into law 06/2009P-12Amending Zero Tolerance Policies
H.B. 120
Amends the zero tolerance provision in the Delaware Code to give discretion to school boards to modify the terms of expulsions when a school board determines that it is appropriate to do so.
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis145.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+120/$file/l...

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LASigned into law 06/2009P-12Student Records and Suspension/Expulsion
H.B. 545
Requires principals of public schools where a student was enrolled to release the student's records to a public or nonpublic school which is inside or outside of the state, where the student is enrolled or seeking enrollment; requires the records to contain in...

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CTSigned into law 06/2009P-12Readmitting Expelled Students
H.B. 6567
Requires boards of education to readmit students to the district if such student has been in an out-of-district placement in lieu of expulsion for committing an expellable offense and to prohibit such boards from then expelling such students for such offenses....

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NCSigned into law 06/2009P-12Parental Notice Requirements for Suspension and Expulsion
H.B. 218
Modifies notice requirements that must be given to a parent when a child is recommended for suspension of more than 10 days or an expulson from school; requires written notice to the student's parent by the end of the workday during which the suspension for mo...

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ALSigned into law 05/2009P-12Behavior/Driver's License Eligibility
H.B. 464
Creates a system for increasing the age at which a person is eligible to apply for a learner's permit or driver's license if the person, over the age of 12 years and a student in a public or private school, was subject to habitual school punishment for an infr...

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FLSigned into law 05/2009P-12Zero-Tolerance Policies/Corporal Punishment
S.B. 1540
Relates to zero-tolerance policies and schools; requires a district school board having a policy authorizing the use of corporal punishment to review its policy once every 3 years during a district school board meeting and to take public testimony at the board...

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MNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Suspension of Children with Disabilities
H.F. 2
Consistent with federal law and state suspension procedures, allows school personnel to suspend children with disabilities. Establishes parameters and procedures for suspensions of children with disabilities who have been suspended for more than five consecuti...

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MTSigned into law 04/2009P-12Two prongs: Discipline & Location of School Board Meetings
H.B. 332
Allows school board trustees to meet outside district boundaries for purpose of collaboration with other boards, agencies or collaboratives; expands the disciplinary powers of school administrators; clarifies the laws governing student suspensions. Because sta...

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INSigned into law 04/2009P-12Student Discipline
H.B. 1419
Requires the governing body of a school corporation to develop an evidence-based plan for improving behavior and discipline in the school corporation, and a school within the school corporation to comply with the plan in developing the school's plan; requires ...

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COSigned into law 04/2009P-12Discipline for Artificial Firearms at School Property
S.B. 237
Permits, rather than requires, a school district to suspend or expel a student for brandishing an artificial firearm; permits a school district to suspend a student while determining whether the student's conduct could be grounds for suspension or expulsion.
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MDSigned into law 04/2009P-12Suspension/Expulsion -- not for Attendance Offenses only
H.B. 660; S.B. 241
Prohibits a principal from suspending or expelling a student from school solely for attendance-related offenses.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/bills/hb/hb0660t.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12Appeal of Suspension of Expulsion
H.B. 1091
Allows a school district board of directors to meet in executive session on an appeal of the suspension or expulsion of a public school student.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Acts/Act1445.pdf...

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VASigned into law 03/2009P-12Alternative Education for Students Charged with an Offense
H.B. 2341
Provides that pending the decision by the division superintendent as to whether to require that a student charged with an offense involving intentional injury to another student of the school division attend an alternative education program, a local school boa...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12Students At-Risk for Long-Term Suspension
H.B. 1945
Provides that a school division may assign a student deemed at-risk for a long-term suspension to a regional alternative education program; clarifies that the program is a regional alternative education program.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+...

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DESigned into law 07/2008P-12Placement in Alternative Education
H.B. 326
Establishes a presumption that students 16 years of age and younger who are expelled or suspended pending expulsion by a local school district or charter school are appropriate for placement in an alternative education program.
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/li...

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CTSigned into law 06/2008P-12Bullying and Student Discipline
H.B. 5826
Relates to a school learning environment; provides for in-school suspensions; requires a policy to address bullying in schools; provides that no disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report; requires each school to notify paten...

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KSSigned into law 04/2008P-12School Safety Violations and Teaching License Issuance/Renewal to Offenders
S.B. 470
Repeals definition of "school safety violation." Rewrites provision relating to a student found in possession of a weapon or illegal drug at school or on school
property, or who has engaged in an act or behavior at school or on school property that resulted in...

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MDSigned into law 04/2008P-12Student Suspensions
H.B. 139; S.B. 582
Provides a task force to study issues related to students with multiple suspensions; requires principals to report suspensions in writing to county superintendents within specified periods of time; requires principals to refer specified students to pupil servi...

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MISigned into law 01/2008P-12Student Expulsion and Suspension Policies
S.B. 703 (sec. 1311)
Clarifies policies for student expulsion/suspensions with respect to infractions, students with disabilities, responsibilities of various parties, student records, etc.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2007-2008/publicact/pdf/2008-PA-0001.pdf...

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MIEnacted 11/2007P-12Student Expulsion/Suspension Policies
S.B. 571
Relates to application of mandatory expulsion provisions for special education students; clarifies the relationship with federal law; provides for an immediate evaluation by the intermediate school district of which the school district is constituent; provides...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12Parental Notice of Suspension or Expulsion
H.B. 1739
Ensures that parents receive actual notice of a student's expulsion or suspension from school.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/PDF/H1739v0.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 07/2007P-12Placement of Students Who Are Sex Offenders
S.B. 6
From fiscal note: [Part of} this bill would also define policies and procedures for notfication and placement of students required to register as sex offenders in either Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs or Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Prog...

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LASigned into law 07/2007P-12Student Expulsion
S.B. 265
Changes mandatory expulsion periods for certain student offenses; provides for student participation in appropriate rehabilitation or counseling programs; provides for student admission to regular and alternative education programs; relates to compliance monit...

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RISigned into law 07/2007P-12Sanctions for Use of Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons
H.B. 5352
Provides that the discipline for any public school student who is in possession or use of alcohol, drugs or weapons, would be imposed on a case-by-case basis pursuant to guidelines promulgated by the school committee for that district; specifies that the guide...

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NYSigned into law 07/2007P-12No Child Left Behind
S.B. 5747
Relates to the provision of supplemental educational services, attendance at a safe public school, the suspension of pupils who bring a firearm to or possess a firearm at a school (chapter 425 of the laws of 2002) and the education law relating to implementati...

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CTSigned into law 06/2007P-12Suspension/Expulsion Waivers
H.B. 7273
Concerns suspensions and expulsions by local and regional boards of education; provides that pupils who are facing their first suspension or expulsion and who complete a program and other conditions shall have an opportunity to have the term of the suspension ...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007P-12Adds Reason for Suspension
S.B. 247
Adds as a good reason for suspension, two or more students initiating a physical attack on an individual student on school property or at a school activity, including travel to and from school.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/Chapter/PC0402....

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12Zero Tolerance for Felonies
H.B. 2532
Relates to the expulsion and placement in alternative settings of public school students who engage in conduct constituting certain felonies.
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/pdf/HB02532F.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Reasons for Suspension, Expulsion or Alternative Placement
H.B. 928
Amends Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-2-203(a)(7) by deleting the subdivision in its entirety and by substituting instead the following:
(7) Suspend, dismiss or alternatively place pupils when the progress, safety, or efficiency of the school makes it ne...

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KSSigned into law 04/2007P-12No Pass No Drive
S.B. 129
From supplemental note on S.B. 129:
Changes notification requirements regarding students expelled or suspended from school for committing a school safety violation. Requires a school's chief administrative officer to notify the appropriate law enforcement age...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Accessing Pornography on School Property
H.B. 100
Allows a school to suspend or expel a student for accessing pornographic material at school, and makes it a crime to access pornographic material on school property. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/hbillenr/hb0100.htm...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Student Motivation & Incentives
H.B. 212
Directs the state superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with school districts and charter schools, to: 1) Research methods of motivating and providing incentives to students to comply with standards of conduct and evaluate the benefits and costs...

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ARSigned into law 02/2007P-12Parental notification of suspension
H.B. 1145
Relates to Webb's law; provides that upon the suspension of a student, the school shall immediately contact the student's parent or legal guardian to notify that person of the suspension; provides that each parent or legal guardian shall provide the school a p...

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LAAdopted 02/2007P-12Statewide Assessment Standards and Practices
LAC 28:CXI.Chapters 1, 3, 5, 18, 23, 27, 33, and 35
Makes various changes to state assessment system. Creates end-of-course tests, to be phased in over a period of six years starting in fall 2007, in the following:
1. Algebra I;
2. Geometry;
3. English I;
4. English II;
5. Biology;
6. American History;
7. Civi...

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NYSigned into law 07/2006P-12Early Return from Suspension
A.B. 2683
Authorizes a board of education to condition a student's early return to school and suspension revocation on the pupil's voluntary participation in counseling or specialized classes, including anger management or dispute resolution....

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LASigned into law 06/2006P-12Assault on a School Teacher
H.B. 1260
Provides that the crime of assault on a school teacher includes making statements threatening physical harm to a school teacher and requires certain disciplinary actions to be taken when a public elementary or secondary school student is accused of violating t...

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KSSigned into law 05/2006P-12Appeal Hearings
S.B. 485
Provides that if a hearing officer is appointed to hear an appeal of an extended-term suspension or expulsion, the local board must render its decision not later than the next regularly scheduled meeting of the board following the date of the conclusion of the...

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VASigned into law 04/2006P-12Expulsion for Possessing Firearm
H.B. 1516
Requires a school board to expel from school for at least one year a student who possesses a firearm on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. Language changed from "brought a firearm" to "possessed a firearm."
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp5...

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KYSigned into law 04/2006P-12Behavior Which Constitutes a Threat
H.B. 688
Relates to expelled or suspended students. Defines "behavior which constitutes a threat" (and as such, allows a board to place a student in a state-funded agency program) as including assault, battery or abuse of others; the threat of force; being under the in...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12District Report Cards
H.B. 1347 Section 7
Requires district report cards to report:
--The number and percentage of students participating in the school flex program, if offered (see IC 20-30-2-2.2 http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title20/ar30/ch2.html)
--The number of students who have dropped o...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Pupil Counts
S.B. 173
Requires each school corporation (district) to conduct an informational count on May 1, 2007, May 1, 2008, and May 1, 2009 -- in the same manner and with the same standards as eligible pupils are counted to determine current ADM. The department must report the...

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MDAdopted 01/2006P-12Positive Behavioral Interventions
COMAR 13A.08.06.02
Proposes to amend rules requiring each county board of education and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners to require an elementary school that has a suspension rate that exceeds 18% of the elementary school'senrollment to implement a positive behav...

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CAVetoed 09/2005P-12False Accusation of Sexual Assault
A.B. 605
An act to amend Section 48900 of the Education Code, relating to pupil rights. Authorizes a principal or superintendent to suspend a student who knowingly made a false accusation to a school employee that another school employee has committed or attempted to c...

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NJRule Adoption 08/2005P-12Programs To Support Student Development
NJAC 6A:16-1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5 thru 5.8, 6.1 thru 6.3,7.1, 7.2 thru 7.10, 8 thru 11
Establishes and amends requirements for school district boards relating to development and implementation of school safety plans, cooperation with law enforcement on certain matters if they occur at school grounds and functions, development and implementation ...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Alternatives to suspension
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
After a school administration notifies a pupil of the grounds for suspension, the school administration may, instead of imposing the suspension, do one or more of the following: (1) strongly encourage a parent or guardian of the pupil to attend school with th...

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CASigned into law 07/2005P-12Student Expulsion Program and Reporting Requirements
A.B. 110
An act to amend Section 48916.1 of, and to repeal Sections 42103.3 and 56137 of, the Education Code, and to repeal Section 628.4 of the Penal Code, relating to public education. At the time an expulsion of a pupil is ordered, the school board must ensure that ...

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CASigned into law 07/2005P-12Options for Expelled Students
A.B. 110 --Expulsion Section
Governing boards that expel pupils must provide access to an educational program for those students. Such a program may be operated by the school district, the county superintendent of schools, or a consortium of districts or in joint agreement with the county...

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LASigned into law 06/2005P-12Zero Tolerance for Knives
H.B. 458
Requires a principal to immediately suspend a student who is found carrying or possessing a knife whose blade is 2 inches or longer. Also requires the principal to immediately recommend the student's expulsion, except when the student is less than eleven years...

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NVSigned into law 06/2005P-12Suspended and expelled pupils
S.B. 367
Revises governing the formation of charter schools designed exclusively for pupils with disciplinary problems. Provides that a pupil who is suspended or expelled from a public school may enroll in a program of independent study, in a program of distance educa...

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COVetoed 06/2005P-12Supplemental Online Education Courses
S.B. 139
Recognizes the importance of supplemental online education courses, especially to smaller districts and rural schools. States that such courses are eligible to receive funding from the state education fund created in article IX of the state constitution. Requi...

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TXSigned into law 05/2005P-12Codes of Conduct
H.B. 603
District student codes of conduct are required to specify whether consideration is given, as a factor in a decision to order suspension,
removal to a disciplinary alternative education program, or expulsion, to: (A) self-defense; (B) intent or lack of inten...

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INSigned into law 05/2005P-12
H.B. 1794
Requires schools to report the reasons for student suspensions and expulsions to the department of education, and to categorize suspended and expelled students by gender, ethnicity and disability status. Authorizes an agreement for court assisted resolution of...

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MD(S) THIRD READING PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (31-15) 04/2005P-12Suspended or Expelled Students - Community Resources List
H.B. 1074
Requiring a student considered for suspension or expulsion from school or the student's parent or guardian to be given a community resources list; requiring a child with a disability or the child's parent or guardian to be given a community resources list atta...

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VASigned into law 03/2005P-12Expulsion of Students
H.B. 2223
Provides that the local school board, or a committee thereof, or the division superintendent may review petitions for readmission by expelled students. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?051+ful+CHAP0096...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Education Finance: Average Daily Attendance
S.B. 76
Authorizes the governing board of a school district to request approval from the State Board of Education in order to claim apportionments for the attendance of pupils attending a suspension classroom staffed by a noncertified school employee provided that a p...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Charter Schools and Student Discipline/Attendance
A.B. 1860
Prohibits a school district governing board from denying a charter school petition, unless it makes findings that the petition lacks a description of the procedures by which a pupil may be subject to discipline and the procedure employed by the school to safeg...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Attendance of Counselor at Pupil Suspension Conference
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Section 10: Changes the law from requiring a school counselor or psychologist to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding a pupil suspension to authorizing the counselor or psychologist to attend attendance of a school counselor or psychologist at a parent...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Parent of Suspended Pupil Allowed to Attend Portion of School Day
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Repeals mandate and replaces with policy authorizing school district governing boards to adopt a policy permitting a parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher to attend a portion of the school day in the classroom from which the pupil w...

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NCSigned into law 07/2004P-12Alternative Learning Program Funding
H.B. 1455 and 1456
Implements the recommendation of the house interim committee on providing an appropriate education for students on long-term suspension to direct the state board of education to develop and recommend a funding formula for alternative learning programs and alte...

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PAVetoed 06/2004P-12Public School Code
H.B. 2128
Amends the Public School Code of 1949. Further provides for regulation of expelled students. Establishes the Emergency Basic Education Subsidy Fund. Provides for basic education subsidy continuation funding. http://www2.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BT/2003/0/H...

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RIBecame law without governor's signature 06/2004P-12Health and Safety
H.B. 7305, S.B. 2498
Would require that school safety plans include policies and procedures for: (1) providing notice of threats of violence or harm to the subject of the threat; (2) disclosing certain information regarding a student's conduct; and (3) determining whether a given ...

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MOTo governor 05/2004P-12School Age Children
S.B. 945
Provides a student shall not be considered a drop- out or included in a school district's educational persistence ratio for accreditation purposes for being expelled for bringing a weapon to school, violent behavior or an act of violence; provides assistance t...

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MDSigned into law 04/2004P-12Positive Behavioral Interventions
H.B. 1288
Requires a county board of education and the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City to require elementary schools with a suspension rate over 18% of enrollment to implement a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Program or an alternative beha...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Notification of Principals
S.B. 52
Eliminates the requirement that the principal of a public school be notified when a child is found guilty of an offense that classifies the child as a youthful offender (maintains existing notification requirement for private school principals). Adds that loca...

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COSigned into law 04/2004P-12No Student Statements Without Parent
H.B. 1137
Concerns the creation of a public school student's right to have a guardian present when the student signs a statement that could result in expulsion. http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2004a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont2/0f42b06a7122dfff87256dbb000241a7?OpenDocument&Click...

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WAEmergency Rule Adoption 10/2003P-12Emergency Expulsion
WAC 148-120-400 thru -415
Adopts rules concerning emergency expulsion of students. Ensures that the superintendent is able to immediately expel any student whose presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to self, other students, or school personnel or whose presence poses a con...

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LASigned into law 06/2003P-12Discipline of Student With a Small Knife
S.B. 110
Previously adopted law required principal to immediately suspend student found carrying a knife the blade of which is at least 2 inches long. New provision adds that no student may carry or possess a knife of any blade length. A student who is found carrying ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12Expulsion of Students
H.B. 552
Expands expulsion of students from public schools to include (1) actions on school property of a school in another district in the state or (2) actions while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity of a school in another district in this state....

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Student Expulsion
H.B. 567
Allows a public school to expel a student who assaults, murders, or attempts to murder another student, or for the offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, even if the event took place off campus. (Bill Analysis, Senate Research Center) http://www.ca...

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LASigned into law 05/2003P-12Expulsion Provisions for Students Found Guilty of Certain Drug Charges
H.B. 639
States that mandatory minimum 24-month expulsion of any student age 16 or older, or mandatory minimum 12-month expulsion of student under age 16 in grades six through 12, who is found guilty of possession of, or knowledge of and intentional distribution of, or...

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NDSigned into law 03/2003P-12School Firearm and Weapon Policies
H.B. 1237
Allows expulsion for possession of a weapon (non-firearm) in schools for up to 12 months. For possession of a firearm, expulsion must be for 12 months. Adds due process procedures. http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/58-2003/bill_text/DAKB0300.pdf...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Firearms In Schools
H.B. 1907
Modifies the Gun-Free Schools statute to add possession of an air rifle or BB gun on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to those firearm related offenses for which school boards are to expel students for 1 calender year, unless the school board ...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Firearms on School Property
H.B. 2763
Clarifies an exception for a person possessing an unloaded firearm on school property in a "closed container" by providing that the definition of "closed container" includes a locked vehicle trunk. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?031+ful+CHAP0619...

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MSSigned into law 03/2003P-12
Community College
Schools
H.B. 744
Changes repealer from 2003 to 2007 on 1) the School Crisis Management Program, 2) the transfer of the industrial and adult short-term training programs to the State Board of Community Colleges, 3) the School Administrator Sabbatical Leave Program, 4) the secti...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Reasons for Expulsion, Suspension
A.B. 1901
Relates to those acts for which a pupil may be suspended from school or expelled including damage, theft or receipt of stolen school property. Includes electronic files and databases within the meaning of school property. Authorizes a pupil to be suspended or ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Zero Tolerance Policies
S.B. 20E
According to legislative summary, "The possession of a firearm at school is included as grounds for required expulsion." In addition, "A school district zero-tolerance policy is required to include referral to the criminal or juvenile justice system." http://w...

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WVSigned into law 03/2002P-12Zero Tolerance, Alternative Education
S.B. 4
Defines terms; expands defined terms to include definitions for alternative education and dangerous student; sale of narcotics and possession of deadly weapons and controlled substances on educational facility premises, vehicles and at school-sponsored functio...

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NCSigned into law 12/2001P-12Student Information; suspensions for threats
S.B. 990
Prohibits persons contracting with the public schools from disclosing personally identifying information about students; authorizes suspensions for students who make certain false threats, perpetrate certain hoaxes or threaten an act of terrorism; makes emerge...

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CASigned into law 10/2001P-12Punishment for Infliction of Physical Injury
A.B. 653
Chapter No.484, Includes the act of aiding or abetting the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another persons as an act for which a pupil may be suspended but not expelled. Provides for an increase in the fine for assault or battery commi...

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NYSigned into law 10/2001P-12Suspensions
A.B. 9333
Relates to the suspension of students from schools; relates to teacher removal of disruptive students; requires teachers to provide pupils removed from classrooms with an explanation of such removal with one school day of such removal and an opportunity to be ...

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LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Zero -Tolerance Policies
H.B. 364
Authorizes local school boards to adopt zero-tolerance policies for disciplining students; includes certain requirements in such policies; charges fees relative to such requirements....

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NCSigned into law 06/2001P-12Notices to Parents
S.B. 811
Session Law Number 244., Ensures that the parents or guardians of students who are suspended or expelled for more than 10 days from school receive notice that is in the appropriate language when foreign language resources are readily avialable....

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NCSigned into law 06/2001P-12Suspension/Expulsion Records
H.B. 620
Gives school superintendents flexibility regarding the expunction of records of a student's suspension or expulsion from school; requires expunction when the condition in the preceding sentence exists and the school superintendent determines that the record is...

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MDSigned into law 05/2001P-12Establishment of Alternative Education Program
H.B. 825
Requires the State Board of Education to create in a county designated by the State Superintendent of Schools a juvenile justice alternative education pilot program for suspended, expelled and other students; authorizes the State Board of Education on a county...

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NCSigned into law 05/2001P-12Programs for Short-Term Suspensions
S.B. 71
Establishes a pilot program under which participating local school administrative units place all students who are on short-term out-of-school suspension in alternative learning programs....

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NVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Causes for expulsion
S.B. 115
Expands causes for expulsion to include possession of a dangerous weapon (in addition to term "firearm) while on the premises of any public school, at an activity sponsored by a public school or on any school bus must. For the first occurrence, students must ...

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WVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Cannot Suspend for Truancy
S.B. 439
Prohibits suspension as discipline for failure to attend class; stipulates other methods of discipline may be used for the pupil which may include, but are not limited to, detention, extra class time or alternative class settings; abolishes corporal punishment...

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MSSigned into law 03/2001P-12Establishes Comprehensive School Safety Act of 2001
S.B. 2239
Creates the School Safety Act of 2001; establishes a school safety center to provide technical and crisis assistance to school districts; authorizes school safety grants to local school districts to finance certain programs; establishes a school crisis managem...

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UTSigned into law 03/2001P-12Possible Modification of Expulsion
S.B. 115
Modifies provisions related to the State System of Public Education by requiring any student who has been expelled from school for a firearm, explosive, or flammable material violation to meet with the school district superintendent to determine if the expulsi...

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VASigned into law 03/2001P-12Student Expulsion
S.B. 1359
Reorganizes student discipline statutes; defines disciplinary actions; requires superintendents in expulsion cases to consider factors like student age, grade, attendance, academic and disciplinary history and the feasibility of alternative education; requires...

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Exclusion of Students
H.B. 1706
Relates to exclusion from public school attendance; allows school boards to exclude from attendance students who have been suspended for over 30 days or expelled by another school division or for whom private school admission has been withdrawn regardless of w...

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OHSigned into law 12/2000P-12Expulsion for Bomb Threats
H.B. 620
Permits a school district board to adopt a resolution authorizing expulsion for up to one year to any student making a bomb threat to a school or a school activity....

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12
A.B. 1721
Relates to existing law relating to pupil expulsion and the right of the pupil or pupil's guardian to file an appeal and be provided with specified transcripts by the school district within 5 schooldays of the request. Requires the pupil's request for a copy o...

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FLSigned into law 06/2000P-12Changing the Rules for School Discipline
S.B. 852
Revises the definition of suspension; revises data used to determine school's performance grade category; revises information required to be included in student code of conduct; specifies types of drills and emergencies for which district school boards are req...

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COSigned into law 06/2000P-12Safe Schools
S.B. 133
Centers on a conduct and discipline code with identified violations to result in actions taken. Forms the basis for annual reporting to local board and state department. Addresses juvenile delinquency records of students and "pertinent performance record or ...

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AKSigned into law 05/2000P-12Safety Program
H.B. 253
Establishes a school disciplinary and safety program; requires the reporting of information relating to school disciplinary and safety programs and of incidents of disruptive or violent behavior....

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MSSigned into law 05/2000P-12Suspension, Expulsion, Alternative Education
H.B. 776
Clarifies the authority of school superintendents, principals and school boards to suspend, expel, or change the placement of pupils for conduct that renders a pupil's presence in the classroom detrimental to the school's educational environment or the best in...

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TNSigned into law 05/2000P-12Expulsion, Suspension
H.B. 3022
, Defines expulsion, suspension and remand for purposes of disciplinary actions in schools....

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WISigned into law 05/2000P-12Conditional Reinstatement of Expelled Pupils
A.B. 447
Relates to the conditional early reinstatement to school of a pupil who has been expelled from school....

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IDSigned into law 04/2000P-12Firearms on School Property
H.B. 444
Amends existing law to provide that it shall be unlawful for any person to possess a firearm or other deadly or dangerous weapon while on the property of a school or other structure on school grounds being used for an activity sponsored through a school in thi...

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TNSigned into law 04/2000P-12Zero Tolerance
H.B. 2679
Revises "zero tolerance" law on suspension or expulsion of students who commit certain offenses....

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AZSigned into law 03/2000P-12Alternatives of Suspension
S.B. 1466
Relates to suspension and expulsion of pupils; requires school districts to establish Alternative to Suspension Programs....

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Disciplinary Tribunals
S.B. 401
Relates to public school disciplinary tribunals; requires local school system receiving certain State education funds to suspend a student who commits any act of violence resulting in substantial injury to a teacher for the remainder of the school year; provid...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - In-School Suspension Component
H.B. 1187
In-school suspension is eliminated as a separate program...

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UTSigned into law 03/2000P-12
H.B. 245
Relates to public schools; provides that a student, who has been expelled from school for a firearm, explosive, or flammable material violation, and the student's parent shall meet with the local school board superintendent or their designee within 45 days aft...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12School Bus Stops/School Property
H.B. 464
Clarifies that possession of weapons on school bus stops is grounds for expulsion from school attendance and constitutes a crime; clarifies that school property includes real property and vehicles owned or leased by a school or operated on behalf of a school....

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Suspension/Expulsion for Profanity
H.B. 815
Directs local school boards to provide, within their respective standards for student conduct, for the suspension and expulsion of students for the use of profane or obscene language....

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MISigned into law 01/2000P-12Possession of alcohol
S.B. 246
Public Act 274; Relates to crimes; prohibits the consumption or possession of alcoholic liquor on school property; provides penalties....

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