Important News

WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Continuing Need To Rethink Discipline

The White House released a new capstone report with updates about projects launched and local progress made in response to the Administration’s Rethink Discipline efforts. Rethink Discipline was launched as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brothers’ Keeper initiative and aims to support all students and promote a welcome and safe climate in schools. The full report is available HERE.

FACT SHEET: Reducing Recidivism for Justice-Involved Youth

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of new guides and resources to help justice-involved youth transition back to traditional school settings. The resources include a guide written for incarcerated youth; a newly updated transition toolkit and resource guide for practitioners in juvenile justice facilities; a document detailing education programs in juvenile justice facilities from the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection; and a website that provides technical assistance to support youth with disabilities with transitioning out of juvenile justice facilities.

King Sends Letter to States Calling for an End to Corporal Punishment in Schools

U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. sent a letter urging state leaders to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice repeatedly linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students.

Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports

A guidance from OSERS emphasizing the use of PBIS for students with IEPs

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

The U.S. Department of Education issued a guidance that contains examples of, adaptations of, and links to resources created and maintained by other public and private organizations. PBIS is one of the few authorized activities that impacts both safe and supportive learning environments as well as physical and mental health.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities (Aug 2016, U.S. Department of Education)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them.

School Climate and Discipline

40th Anniversary of IDEA