School discipline guidance from U.S. Department of Education
On Jan. 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released a guidance package on school discipline that explains the respon-sibilities of local school districts under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The guidance does not address other types of discrimination such as gender or disability discrimina-tion. School districts should review this guidance package and compare the district’s current disciplinary practices with the best practices outlined in the guidance to ensure legal compliance.
The package consists of the following four documents:
A Dear Colleague Letter, which details how schools can meet their legal obligations under federal law which may be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201401-title-vi.pdf.
A Guiding Principles document, which explains three principles and related action steps to help state and local efforts to im-prove school discipline, which may be found at:
A Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources, which contains multiple resources related to school cli-mate and school discipline, which may be found at:
A Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations, which contains a compilation of laws and regulations related to school discipline in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, which may be found at:
For complete information on the Department’s school discipline guidance package, use the following link: http://www.ed.gov/school-discipline/