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March 23, 2013

Schools, DOJ agree on consent decree


MERIDIAN — The consent decree:

     Limits exclusionary discipline such as suspension, alternative placement and expulsion, and prohibits exclusionary discipline for minor misbehavior;

    Prohibits school officials from involving law enforcement officers to respond to behavior that can be safely and appropriately handled under school disciplinary procedures;

    Requires training for school law enforcement officers on bias-free policing, child and adolescent development and age appropriate responses, practices proven to improve school climate, mentoring and working with school administrators;

     Revises policies at the district’s alternative school to create clear entry and exit criteria and provide appropriate supports to speed students’ transitions back to their home schools;

    Requires enhanced due process protections in student discipline hearings;

    Expands use of a behavior and discipline management system known as positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) at all schools;

     Requires teachers and administrators to use developmentally appropriate tiered prevention and intervention strategies before removing students from instruction;

    Requires monitoring of discipline data to identify and respond to racial disparities;

    Requires training on all revised policies and procedures; and

    Implements measures to engage families and communities as partners in revising policies and as participants in regular school and community informational forums.


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