Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Indiana Senate Bill SB 269 School Discipline

Senator Greg Taylor has introduced Senate Bill 269 relating to school discipline rules in charter schools. Taylor’s education bill continues along the line of his commitment to crafting sound statutory foundations for the well-being of children. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Education and Career Development.

This is one of the simplest bills to likely be on the list of submissions this year. It simply amends IC 20-24-8-5, relating to the rules and regulations of charter schools, by adding IC 20-33-8-12 [written discipline rules] to the requirements that a charter school must follow. Simply put; “An eligible school shall adopt written discipline rules as set forth in IC 20-33-8-12.” As already exist in public schools, a charter school would be required to formulate written rules for the discipline of children and to make those available to students and parents.

The other part of the bill strikes from the requirement for general publicity of the rules the exemption if a “school corporation makes a good faith effort to disseminate to students or parents generally the text or substance of a discipline rule.” Eliminating this good faith exemption is appropriate considering the ease of disseminating information electronically now. This bill should be adopted.

While I have your attention about discipline of children here are two previous postings of mine on that issue.

Empowering Your Children - Intact or Broken Families

Societal Acceptance of Domestic Violence Against the Most Vulnerable

The progress of this bill will be updated on the posting List of 2016 Indiana Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, and Child Well-Being bills.

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