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Statement on the Preservation of ED Guidance on Discipline

Friday, November 17, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

In response to reports of a closed and what appears to be a “one-sided” listening session being held today by U.S. Department of Education (ED) officials about rescinding an ED guidance on school discipline and civil rights enforcement that protects low-income students, students of color and students with disabilities from systemic discrimination, Denise Marshall, executive director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) issued the following statement:


“As we and many others submitted in writing to the Department’s request for comment, the education guidance under scrutiny today serves as a critical tool for ensuring that all students are treated equitably under the law. Historically, students with disabilities, along with low-income students and students of color, have been the targets of discriminatory disciplinary actions that hinder their success in school and beyond. The safety and well-being of all who are connected to schools, including students and school personnel, must be protected. However, students with disabilities must not be punished because of behaviors that are directly connected to their disabilities, and they along with other marginalized and protected classes of students cannot be targets of discrimination and implicit bias. The Administration must take action that supports the collaboration of schools, families and students to implement positive strategies that lead all students toward a path to success. When considering the ED guidance, the Department’s primary obligation is to the students who all too often have endured horrific misuse, overuse and harsh discipline tactics that have had lasting damaging effects, and Secretary DeVos must live up to her promise and responsibility to protect all students at school.”



Sharelle McIntyre says...
Posted Saturday, November 25, 2017
My daughter underwent this exact type of discipline. We live in Tracy, CA and would love speak with a COPPA rep that is linked to a state official. We are also looking for a lawyer. If you know anyone please let us know

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