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Bill Detail: SB23-029

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Title Disproportionate Discipline In Public Schools
Status Governor Signed (06/02/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors M. Lindsay (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/10/2023

Colorado Youth Advisory Council Committee. The bill requires
each school district board of education, institute charter school board for
a charter school authorized by the state charter school institute, or
governing board of a board of cooperative services (BOCES) to adopt a
policy to address disproportionate disciplinary practices in public schools.
Each school district, charter school, institute charter school, or BOCES
(local education provider) shall develop, implement, and annually review
improvement plans if the data reported to the department of education
pursuant to the safe school reporting requirements shows disproportionate
discipline practices at the local education provider. In implementing an
improvement plan to address disproportionate discipline practices, each
local education provider shall provide to the parents of the students
enrolled in the school written notice of the improvement plan and issues
identified by the local education provider as giving rise to the need for the
plan. The written notice must include the timeline for developing and
adopting the improvement plan and the dates, times, and locations of the
public meeting to solicit input from parents concerning disproportionate
discipline and the contents of the plan before the plan is written and a
public hearing to review the plan prior to final adoption.
Current law encourages school districts to consider certain factors
before suspending or expelling a student. The bill requires school districts
to consider those factors before suspending or expelling a student.
The bill requires school districts to document in a student's record
and compile in the safe school report any alternative disciplinary attempts
before suspending or expelling a student.

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