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IOWA LEGISLATURE APPROVES STUDENT DISCIPLINE BILL

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THE IOWA LEGISLATURE HAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A BILL THAT REQUIRES K-THROUGH-12 SCHOOLS TO HAVE DISCIPLINE POLICIES FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE VIOLENT OR DISRUPTIVE.

SENATOR LYNN EVANS OF AURELIA, IS A FORMER SCHOOL; SUPERINTENDENT:

CODE1 OC……..THE SPECIFIC SITUATION.” :12

IN MARCH, THE HOUSE VOTED TO REQUIRE IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS ANY TIME A STUDENT IS REMOVED FROM A CLASSROOM DUE TO VIOLENT BEHAVIOR.

LAST MONTH, THE SENATE ADJUSTED THE BILL GIVING SCHOOLS MORE LATITUTDE, BUT REQUIRING ESCALATING DISCIPLINE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DISRUPTIVE OR VIOLENT.

THE HOUSE HAS NOW APPROVED THOSE CHANGES AND SENT THE BILL TO THE GOVERNOR. REPRESENTATIVE BROOK BODEN FROM INDIANOLA, SAYS LAWMAKERS ARE RESPONDING TO TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF, PARENTS AND ADMINISTRATORS.

CODE2 OC……CHILDREN CAN LEARN.” :11

THE BILL WILL ALLOW EDUCATORS TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF CLASSROOM VIOLENCE OR THE DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY TO THE STATE OMBUDSMAN FOR INVESTIGATION.

A REPORT FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INDICATES THERE WERE NEARLY TWO-THOUSAND ASSAULTS IN IOWA SCHOOLS DURING THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR.

OVER 11-HUNDRED INCIDENTS OF PROPERTY DAMAGE WERE REPORTED.
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