Implementing the New Discipline Law

During the 2013 legislative session, many of you helped us pass a law (SB 5946) that makes school discipline data public and limits the number of days that students can be removed from class.

That was the first step in transforming school discipline policies. Now it’s time to take another.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is inviting public comment on its implementation of the new law.

There are a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Learn more about the proposed rules and our recommendations for improving them.
  2. Review some of the statistics around discipline in Washington state and who is most affected by school discipline.
  3. If you are part of an organization, add your name to our sign-on letter asking OSPI to strengthen the rules. Please contact Tracy Sherman with your organization’s name to sign on.
  4. Tell the state what you think of the rules by sending OSPI an email. (You can write your own letter or send a letter that we have drafted at the link above.) If you’re not sure whether you receive LEV action alerts, update your email subscription.
  5. Join us for a series of Lunchtime LEVinars on next steps, what you can do, and what transformed school discipline actually looks like. Our next webinar is on Tuesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. Sign up to register for the webinar series.
  6. Listen as Washington Appleseed’s Katie Mosehauer breaks down school discipline in Washington state, the new law, and OSPI’s request for public comment on KUOW.
  7. Contact our State Field Director, Kelly Munn: kelly@educationvoters.org, 206.728.6448 to learn how to send your own letter about discipline rules to OSPI.
  8. Interested in attending the discipline rules public hearing with us on May 5? Contact our State Field Director, Kelly Munn: kelly@educationvoters.org, 206.728.6448 to learn more.
  9. Learn more about school discipline in Washington state and the new law on the discipline page of our website.