Legislation

2016 Legislative Session

HB486
Eliminates requirement that Commonwealth’s Attorneys prosecute all truancy cases
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HB487
Eliminates the requirement that school resource officers (SROs) whose positions are funded by state grants “enforce school board rules and codes of conduct”
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HB488
Eliminates secure placement (ex. detention) as an option for children who violate a court order or probation agreement to attend school

HB1061
Prohibits expulsions (except mandatory expulsions) and referrals to law enforcement (except mandatory referrals) unless alternatives have been considered
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HB1132
Eliminates the requirement that school principals report numerous misdemeanors and non-crimes to law enforcement
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HB1134
Eliminates “disorderly conduct” as a possible delinquency or criminal charge for primary and secondary school students
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HB1200
Prohibits students with individualized education programs (IEPs) from being found guilty of battery against a school employee if the offense occurred on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity

HB1213
Allows minors prosecuted for disorderly conduct in school to present special education records, under seal by the court, as evidence that the minor did not act willfully

SB458
Prohibits out-of-school suspensions unless all feasible alternatives to suspension have been considered
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SB587
Eliminates the requirement that Commonweawlth’s Attorneys prosecute all truancy cases
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Budget
Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget includes an additional $1,000,000 over two years for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports grants, with preference given to divisions with high levels of suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to law enforcement
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One-pager for HB1061, HB1132, and HB1134 (on the 2/10/16 agenda for the House Education Committee

One-pager on school discipline bills (HB486, HB487, HB488, HB1061, HB1132, HB1134, HB1200, HB1213, SB458, and SB587)

Media Coverage:

Legislative Summary (via the Dignity in Schools Campaign Blog)

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