Maryland

Where Do Things Stand Now?

  • Corporal Punishment: Corporal punishment may not be administered to discipline a student at a public school in Maryland. However, “disciplinary measures deemed appropriate to maintain an "atmosphere of order" may be permitted by county school boards.” Click here to learn more

  • Restraint and Seclusion: Maryland State Department of Education’s Guidance for Student Behavior Interventions: Restraint and Seclusion summarized when physical restraint and seclusion can be used, stating, “COMAR 13A.08.04.05(A)(1)(a) and COMAR 13A.08.04.05(B)(1) state that physical restraint or seclusion are prohibited in public agencies and nonpublic schools until there is an emergency situation and physical restraint or seclusion is necessary to protect a student or other person from imminent, serious, physical harm after other less intrusive, nonphysical interventions have failed or been determined inappropriate. While physical restraint or seclusion are allowed in limited circumstances, they are crisis-oriented responses that should not be used in lieu of less intrusive, nonphysical interventions. Under no circumstances should physical restraint or seclusion be used for discipline or staff convenience. Additionally, parental consent is required.”

  • Suspension and Expulsion: Out of school suspension for students in grades two and under is prohibited in public schools, with exceptions. Click here to learn more

  • Punitive Index: Click here to see this state's data and how their use of reported punitive school discipline practices compares to others.

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In the News

July 2020

Virtual education was ‘a disaster’ for her son with Down syndrome. Here’s what students with disabilities really need. - Washington Post

 New Nonprofit Aims to End School-to-Prison Pipeline - Maryland Matters

June 2020

Maryland schools still suspending youngest students, suspending Black students at higher rates - The Baltimore Sun

Maryland still suspended youngest students despite law - Washington Post

Report Shows School Suspension and Arrest Rates Remain Highest for Black Students - Maryland Matters

Civil Rights Groups Demand Reform for Black and Latinx Students and Students with Disabilities Subject to Discriminatory School Discipline - NAACP LDF

September 2019

Mindfulness, Yoga over Suspensions, Detention at Baltimore Schools - Washington Informer

Students at majority-black Meade High 3 times as likely to face arrest in school than the rest of Anne Arundel - Capital Gazette