School Discipline Reforms Vital; NYCLU Applauds New Federal Guidance

January 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice today released strong guidance directed at reforming school discipline nationwide. For the first time, the federal government has explicitly acknowledged the effects of racially disproportionate school discipline – and that current practices violate federal civil rights law. The guidance prescribes measures to address inequities, by increasing training and requiring protocols that will limit the involvement of law-enforcement personnel, including school safety officers, in disciplinary matters.

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