Category: Discipline

Don’t be Spooked by Title IX Complaints

October brings Fall weather, changing leaves, and a bit of chaos on the student discipline front. Homecoming festivities and other school-sponsored events may trigger an uptick in allegations of student-on-student sexual misconduct.  When a school employee receives notice of a potential Title IX issue, the District must respond with immediate and swift action so as not […]

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Schools May Regulate Off-Campus Student Speech, But Tread Cautiously

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its long-awaited decision in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., ruling that a school district violated a cheerleader’s First Amendment rights when it suspended her from the cheer team because of her off-campus social-media posts.  However, in doing so, the Court explained that its ruling was narrowly limited to […]

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Report Raises Triple Threat: Safety, Discipline, & Special Education

The Federal Commission on School Safety recently issued its Final Report. A copy of the full report can be accessed via the Commission’s website here. The Report has made early headlines primarily due to its criticism of the Obama Administration’s “Rethink School Discipline” guidance, which included rules targeting exclusionary discipline and requiring the application of […]

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House Bill 674: Keeping Students on Campus

House Bill 674 (“HB 674”) has two parts: it adds Texas Education Code (“TEC”) § 37.005(c), which prohibits out-of-school suspension (“OSS”) for students below 3rd grade, with some exceptions; and it adds TEC § 37.0013, POSITIVE BEHAVIOR PROGRAM, which authorizes districts to create new disciplinary alternatives for students below 3rd grade who engage in conduct […]

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House Bill 3 Strengthens School Safety and Security

House Bill 3 brings major changes to school safety, specifically requiring districts to strengthen active shooter policies and safety plans. Effective September 1, 2023, it is imperative that districts begin to review the new requirements of HB 3 to ensure policies and procedures are compliant in time for the upcoming school year. Security Officers/Facility Safety […]

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