AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON THE PREVENTION OF A SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE IN NORTH CAROLINA.
Creates the Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of a School-to-Prison Pipeline in North Carolina (Task Force). Provides for 15 members, with six members each appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, along with the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety, Center for Safer Schools; Chairperson of the State Board of Education; and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or their designees, also serving as members.
Provides for the filling of vacancies and the selection of co-chairs. Provides additional criteria regarding the setting of meetings, staffing, and the general operation of the Task Force.
Directs the Task Force to study the relationship between school discipline, dropout rates, and involvement of students in the juvenile justice system that might result in a school-to-prison pipeline. Sets out six tasks that, at a minimum, are required of the task force, including examining current programs offered through community organizations and other support services designed to address at-risk students and their entry into the juvenile justice system.
Requires the Task Force to submit a final report on its study and its recommendations to the 2016 General Assembly. Requires the Task Force to terminate on April 1, 2016, or upon the filing of its final report to the General Assembly, whichever occurs first.
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