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  • Summary date: Feb 23 2023 - View Summary

    Amends GS 115C-390.2 (Discipline policies) to require governing bodies use best practices to develop and enforce discipline policies that do not discriminate against a student on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. Removes language outlining examples of conduct not deemed to be a serious violation of a governing body's Code of Student Conduct in subsection (f). Requires governing body policies to include measures that will be taken to support students during a suspension and procedures to be followed by school officials when assigning a student to in-school suspension. Encourages school officials to consider in-school suspension over punishment removing the student from the building. Applicable to changes made to policies established prior to July 1, 2023, and new policies established on or after July 1, 2023.

    Amends GS 115C-390.11(a) to include clarifying language about the applicability of subdivisions. Repeals GS 115C-390.2(j), a subsection encouraging governing bodies to include research-based behavior management programs in their safe school plans adopted under already repealed GS 115C-105.47. Repeals GS 115C-390.5(b), a subsection requiring a principal to invoke the mechanism in the safe schools plan adopted under already repealed GS 115C-105.47(b) when a student accumulates more than 10 days of short-term suspensions.

    Applicable beginning with the 2023-24 school year.