TO REORGANIZE THE GENERAL STATUTES RELATING TO SCHOOL DISCIPLINE; PREVENT LITIGATION BY ADDING DEFINITIONS TO AND CLARIFYING AMBIGUITIES IN THE CURRENT LAW; CODIFY EXISTING CASE LAW; AND INCREASE LOCAL CONTROL AND FLEXIBILITY REGARDING DISCIPLINE.
House amendments make the following changes to 2nd edition. Amendment #1 defines school official to include superintendent or central office administrator delegated duties by the superintendent, and any principal, or assistant principal, and defines school personnel to include all school employees and all individuals working on school grounds or at school functions under contract or working for an agency to provide educational or related services. Clarifies that the person who administered corporal punishment, not the school official, is to provide explanation to parent. Rewrites amendment to GS 115C-45(c)(1) to specify that appeal to the school board is only for long-term suspension, year suspension for gun possession, or expulsion. Amendment #2 rewrites GS 115C-390.6 (short-term suspension) to provide that the local board of education may provide review or appeal of a short-term suspension to superintendent or board.
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