AN ACT TO DIRECT LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO ESTABLISH SCHOOL-JUSTICE PARTNERSHIPS AND TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN JUVENILE JUSTICE ISSUES AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY TO SCHOOL SAFETY RESOURCE OFFICERS.
Amends GS 115C-47 to direct local boards of education to develop school-justice partnerships with local law enforcement agencies to reduce rates of in-school arrests, expulsions, and out-of-school suspensions, focusing on connecting at-risk youth with services and supports, building knowledge to recognize and manage behavioral health issues, and to encourage diversion from the juvenile justice system without compromising school safety. Requires safety resource agreements between boards of education and sheriffs or chiefs of police to reflect elements of the school-justice partnership.
Amends GS 115C-276(r), which directs the superintendent to keep data on student discipline, to include students who were arrested on school property in the list of data required.
Amends GS 160A-288.4 and GS 162-26 to require volunteer school safety resource officers, whether from a program established by a sheriff or a chief of police of a local police department, to receive training on juvenile justice issues and cultural competency that includes information on (1) social and cognitive development research on school children; (2) behaviors, attitudes, and policies to promote understanding, effective communication, and positive interactions with individuals and organizations; (3) behavioral health issues in schools and methods to employ a graduated response to disciplinary actions; (4) knowledge of services to reduce juvenile arrests; and (5) school-justice partnerships.
Directs the North Carolina Justice Academy and the Department of Justice to develop a juvenile justice and cultural competency training program in accordance with GS 160A-288.4 and GS 162-26, as amended by this act by January 1, 2018.
Applies beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
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