Beginning next school year it will be more difficult to expel students under a law signed by the Governor. The updates to the state’s school disciplinary policies also include a requirement that any student expulsion must include specific reasons why the pupil being removed was in the best interest of the school.
Suspensions must include details of specific acts and include reasons for the duration of the suspension. Schools are also barred from instituting zero-tolerance policies requiring suspension or expulsion for certain behaviors. If a student is suspended for longer than four school days they must be provided support services during the period of their suspension. School officials would also be kept from advising or encouraging students to drop out voluntarily due to behavioral or academic difficulties. The law also requires schools to enter into a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement to define their role in schools. Senate Bill 100 also applies to charter schools and addresses suspensions from school buses.