News and Events: July 2013

8th Annual National School Safety Conference

In addition to an outstanding lineup of nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, the conference staff will include an additional 30+ breakout sessions that attendees can pick and choose from ranging from topics such as: Bullying & the link to School Shooters, Mental Health, Trauma and Violence, Critical incident Planning & Assessments, Technology & School Safety, Current Drugs, Alcohol and Violence Trends among Youth and will feature national town-hall meeting on school/youth violence.

Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan Announce Effort to Respond to School-to-Prison Pipeline by Supporting Good Discipline Practices

The United States Department of Justice

Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the launch of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, a collaborative project between the Departments of Justice and Education that will address the “school-to-prison pipeline” and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system. The initiative aims to support good discipline practices to foster safe and productive learning environments in every classroom.

For Students with Disabilities, Discipline Issues Take Toll

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

In the 2011-12 school year in Fairfax County, students with disabilities made up 14 percent of the school population but represented 40 percent of discipline cases involving long-term suspensions. The county School Board voted last month to adopt a number of revisions to the district’s discipline policies — known as Student Rights and Responsibilities — including ­changes aimed at addressing the disproportionate number of cases involving students with disabilities.