Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/25/2018 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 6. Report with Possible Action Regarding the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Compliance Review
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
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Background: In 2014-15, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) conducted an investigation regarding a complaint about the disproportionality of African American students receiving referrals, suspensions and other disciplinary actions. The Administration has been working with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The District assures OCR that it will take the following actions to comply with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d (Title VI), and its implementing regulation, 34 C.F.R. Part 100, which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, or national origin by a recipient of Federal financial assistance. The resolution details the following:

1) Designation of Responsible Employee

The Discipline Supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring that the implementation of the District’s policies concerning discipline is fair and equitable.

2) Early Identification of Students At-Risk for Behavioral Difficulties and Early Intervention

The District will ensure that all school staff employ a range of corrective measures before referring a student to disciplinary authorities unless it can be documented that the safety of students and/or staff is threatened or the behavior in question is such that the disruption to the educational environment can only be addressed by such a referral.

3) Outreach to Students, District Staff and Community Members

The District will establish student committees at the District’s middle schools and high schools to discuss matters concerning the equitable treatment of students in the implementation of the District’s discipline policies, practices and procedures.

The District will establish a working group at each District school consisting of school personnel, including teachers, administrators and other school staff who are involved in making discipline referrals and imposing disciplinary sanctions, parents of school students and community leaders.

By February 16, 2018, and annually thereafter through February 14, 2020, the District, in collaboration with the working groups, will develop and provide informational programs for parents or guardians of students at all District schools (parent programs) that will explain the disciplinary policies of the District in an easily understood manner.

By April 30, 2018, school working groups and student committees will submit recommendations and suggestions concerning district policy and procedures to improve student discipline.

4) Policies, Practices and Procedures

By June 18, 2018, the District will revise its policies and procedures for discipline to be effective with the 2018-2019 school year.

5) Staff Training

The District will provide effective training programs to all District teachers, administrators, school aides and any other District personnel charged with supervising students.

6) Data Collection and Self-Monitoring

The District will collect and analyze data regarding referrals for student discipline. If the data suggests disproportion, the District will explore possible causes for the disproportion and consider steps that can be taken to eliminate the disproportion to the maximum extent possible.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
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Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director