Contact your legislators here to show your support for federal bills that can help end harmful, traumatic crisis management practices in school.
Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R 4402, S.2410)
Requires schools and districts to prohibit bullying and harassment, including conduct based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Ensures schools and school districts focus on effective prevention programs in order to better prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment both in school and online. Requires states to report data on incidents of bullying and harassment to the Department of Education.
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
Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act
Removes police officers from schools in favor of mental health staff and ends the criminalization of young people
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
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.
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.
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.
California SB 483: Pupil rights: prone restraint
Aimes to prohibit the use of prone restraint, whereby a student is physically or mechanically restrained in a face down position, in California schools. Current state legislation allows prone restraint to be used in schools by trained personnel, stipulating that school personnel must observe the student for “any sign of physical distress” and that the student’s hands cannot be restrained behind their back. Senate Bill 483 expands on the protection of current legislation by banning all uses of prone restraint.
Colorado H B23-1191 Prohibits Corporal Punishment of Children
Prohibits a person employed by or volunteering in a public school, a state-licensed child care center, a family child care home, or a specialized group facility from imposing corporal punishment on a child. Corporal punishment is defined as the willful infliction of, or wilfully causing the infliction of, physical pain on a child.
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.
Connecticut: An act concerning special education (SB 1200)
Senate Bill 1200 includes many important provisions, including the elimination of seclusions and significant restrictions on the use of restraints in public and private schools. Additionally, no school employee is permitted to use physical restraint or seclusion as a planned intervention in a student’s behavioral intervention plan, Individualized Education Program or plan pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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.
New York: The Judge Judith S. Kaye 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.
New York: The Keeping All New York Students Safe Act AO 3311
Aims to prevent and reduce the use of seclusion and physical restraint in schools; prohibits the use of seclusion, mechanical restraint, chemical restraint, and dangerous restraints that restrict breathing on students; authorizes annual appropriations to provide grants to school districts; and provides for more rapid notice to parents if restraints or seclusion is used on a student.
Oklahoma: Prohibits the Use of Corporal Punishment with Students with a Disability in Public Schools (HB 1028)
All public school personnel will be prohibited from using corporal punishment on any student who has an identified disability. Corporal punishment is defined as deliberately inflicting physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.
Oregon: Senate Bill 790:Relating to violations of laws prohibiting harming students; amending ORS 419B.005; and declaring an emergency.
Modifies definition of “abuse” for purposes of child abuse to include violations of existing laws prohibiting infliction of corporal punishment and use of restraint and seclusion on students.
Vermont: The Keeping Vermont Students Safe by restricting the use of restraints and seclusion in schools (HB 409)
Aims to prohibit the use of physical restraints and seclusions in a school or educational program that receives public funds from the state. If physical restraints or seclusions are used, the legislation would require reporting and documentation as required by the State Board of Education. The bill would also require the Agency of Education to develop and implement a performance review system to define and monitor the use of physical restraint and seclusion, as well as provide training for school personnel in evidence-based programs that reduce the likelihood of physical restraint and seclusion.
Washington: An Act Relating to Restraint or Isolation of Students in Public Schools and Educational Programs (HB 1479 and SB 5559)
Would prohibit schools, including any programs providing education services, from isolating/secluding any student, restrict the use of restraint on a student, and improve transparency by expanding documentation and data practices.