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Bill Detail: SB24-162

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Title Best Practices to Prevent Discrimination in Schools
Status Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/06/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
J. Marchman (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/20/2024
Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to enter
into an agreement with an organization (selected organization) to develop
best practices for local education providers, and specifically public
schools, to effectively respond to reports of harassment or discrimination.
The selected organization shall submit a report to the department, the
office of school safety, and the general assembly's education committees
that includes an explanation of the best practices developed by the
selected organization.
Current law requires public schools to provide training to all
employees about harassment and discrimination, beginning no later than
July 1, 2024. The bill repeals that deadline and instead requires
harassment and discrimination training beginning with employee training
for the 2025-26 school year, with the training beginning no later than
December 31, 2025. The bill requires that harassment and discrimination
training that occurs after August 1, 2025, be consistent with the best
practices developed by the selected organization.
The bill requires the selected organization to develop a harassment
or discrimination training program curriculum for use by schools that is
consistent with the best practices developed by the selected organization
and that complies with the requirements for public schools' harassment
and discrimination training. The department shall make the training
program curriculum available to public schools at no cost.

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