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Departments of Justice and Education Release School Discipline Guidance Package

January 9, 2014

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released a school discipline guidance package to help states, districts, and schools enhance school climate and improve discipline policies and practices.  The guidance package is a product of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative (SSDI), a collaboration between the two agencies and a priority for the Department of Justice. The initiative addresses overuse of harsh and exclusionary school disciplinary policies and practices and supports the development of safe and productive education environments and training for the adults who interact with students in and out of school. OJJDP coordinates the Department of Justice's work with Education and other federal agencies to keep children and teens in school, engaged in learning, and out of courts. The guidance package provides resources for creating safe, supportive, and inclusive school climates and a compendium of federal laws and regulations regarding school discipline.

Resources:

Read remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the release of the Joint DOJ-ED School Discipline Guidance Package:

Read remarks by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the release of the Joint DOJ-ED School Discipline Guidance Package:

On January 15, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. ET, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments will sponsor a free Webinar "Overview of the School Discipline Guidance Package," the first in a series that will address the different components of the guidance package. Register for the Webinar here.