PUNITIVE, EXCLUSIONARY DISCIPLINE IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, HARMFUL, AND UNNECESSARY.

Contact your legislators here to show your support for federal bills that can help end harmful, traumatic crisis management practices in school.

Federal Legislation

Keeping All Students Safe Act &
Protecting Our Students in Schools Act

Ends corporal punishment and seclusion and restricts the use of restraint in American public schools

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Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act

Removes police officers from schools in favor of mental health staff and ends the criminalization of young people

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Ending PUSHOUT Act

Strengthens data collection related to exclusionary discipline practices in schools and discriminatory application of such practices, and prevents the criminalization and pushout of students from school as a result of educational barriers

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Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act 2022

Authorizes funds for states to develop congregate care best practices and reporting procedures, collects data to guide policy responses, provides training for state officials, social workers, mental health professionals, and judicial employees, and creates a uniform Youth in Congregate Care Bill of Rights for all youth in congregate care.

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State Legislation

California

California: (AB 2806) Child care and developmental services: preschool: expulsion and suspension: mental health services: reimbursement rates.

This bill would revise provisions relating to expulsion or unenrollment of a child from a state preschool program. It would require the respective departments and Child Care Providers United (CCPU) to establish a joint labor-management committee to discuss suspension and expulsion practices among family child care providers and make recommendations related to prohibiting the expulsion or suspension of a child. It would increase state data collection requirements, develop state guidelines and provide support for staff training for programs with high numbers of suspension and expulsion.

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California: Eliminating Law Enforcement Mandate in Schools

Eliminates the mandate for schools to notify law enforcement regarding a broad range of student behaviors. This legislation will empower schools to adopt effective, non-punitive approaches when supporting students with concerning behaviors.

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Colorado

Colorado: Supportive Learning Environments for K-12 Students

Requires the Department of Education to collect data related to chronic absenteeism rates, the number of in-school and out-of-school suspensions, the number of expulsions, the number of students handcuffed or restrained, the number of referrals to law enforcement, and the number of school-related arrests. Requires the Department of Education to create school district profiles relating to school climate. Increases restrictions on the use of restraints. Provides additional training for school staff. Develops new policies regarding hiring, training, and evaluating school resource officers. Provide an additional $2 million to continue the expelled and at-risk student services program.

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Missouri

Missouri: The School Suspension Act

Requires school districts and charter schools to document school suspensions and report suspensions to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education annually. Requires school districts to include on the annual report card data related to school discipline including in and out of school suspension, removal of students with disabilities, and expulsions. Requires school boards to consider alternative methods to suspension. Prohibits suspension for truancy, absences, or prior offenses. Prohibits suspending students in preschool to 3rd grade.

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New York

New York: The Judge Judith S. Kaye School Solutions Not Suspensions Act

Prohibit suspensions for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade and shorten the maximum length of suspension for all students (except applying with applicable Federal law). Require schools to provide suspended students academic instruction and the ability to earn credits. Require schools to use proven alternatives to suspensions.

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