|9/23/2014 3:57:00 PM|
|Executive Numbered Memo 002-2014-15 - House Bill 2192-School Discipline|
|To: All School Superintendents and Special Education Directors
From: Sarah Drinkwater, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Learning
Re: House Bill 2192-School Discipline
House Bill 2192 revises Oregon’s school discipline code and requires school boards and districts to develop and implement policies and practices that focus on reducing unnecessary suspensions and expulsions. The law places limits on expulsions and removes the mandatory expulsion language regarding “weapons.”
Exclusionary school discipline practices have a disproportionate effect on students of color and students with disabilities. This problem is well documented at both the national and state level. Reducing unnecessary suspension and expulsion in Oregon public schools is a critical step to closing the achievement gap and aligns with ODE’s strategic plan, the Oregon Education Investment Board’s equity policy, and the state’s 40-40-20 goal.
To this end, House Bill 2192 was passed in the 2013 legislative session, and ORS 339.250 took effect July 1, 2014. HB 2192 revises Oregon’s school discipline code and requires school boards and districts to develop and implement policies and practices that focus on reducing unnecessary suspensions and expulsions. To assist in this effort, the Oregon Department of Education convened an interagency task force on school discipline—the Oregon School Discipline Advisory Council (OSDAC). OSDAC’s ultimate goal is to promote the implementation of 2192 by supporting best practice in school discipline. Particular focus is placed on reducing unnecessary use of suspension and expulsion for students of color and students with disabilities. OSDAC provides policy guidance at the state and local level and professional development in best practice for education administrators and practitioners.
Key provisions of HB 2192 are summarized below:
The enrolled bill can be viewed here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Overview/HB2192
The statute can be viewed here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013ors339.html
Additional tools and resources are forthcoming, and will be located here: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=107
For more information, contact John Inglish, Education Specialist, at email@example.com , or 503.947.5797.
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