SALEM – The Oregon House and Senate passed legislation to reform school discipline and roll back “zero tolerance” policies.
House Bill 2192-B will remove mandatory expulsion requirements from the state’s school discipline statute.
Under the current law, students were expelled for a year for bringing items to school that were considered dangerous by administrators, whether the students intended harm or not.
The new regulations intended to give school administrators the ability to decide when suspension and punishments should be used.
Rep. Sara Gelser, chair of the House Education Committee, said, “The research clearly tells us that positive interventions do more good and cause less harm. Everyone came together to do what’s best for our kids and for our schools.”
The votes in the House and Senate were nearly unanimous. Once the governor signs the legislation, it would go into effect July 2014.