Citations Affected: IC 20-19-3-12; IC 20-26-5-32; IC 20-33-8-30.
Synopsis: Student discipline. Requires the department of education to
compile and report to the public information received from school
corporations concerning student disciplinary actions, disaggregated by
race, ethnicity, gender, and discipline categories. Provides that if the
information reported by a school corporation indicates rates of
discipline that exceed disproportionality criteria developed by the
department, the department shall work with the school corporation to
take corrective action. Requires the department to develop a searchable
data base concerning out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.
Requires the civil rights commission to annually use the information in
the data base to identify school corporations with disproportionate
out-of-school suspension and expulsion rates and to take appropriate
action. Requires that a school corporation's discipline plan include
collection, review, and reporting to the department on an annual basis
of school behavioral and disciplinary problems, arrests, and referrals
to the juvenile justice system, disaggregated on the basis of race,
ethnicity, and gender under guidelines for determining the existence of
disproportionality in discipline or inappropriately high rates of
suspension or expulsion. Provides that a student who seeks to enroll in
another school while expelled or to avoid being expelled may be
subject only to the same terms and conditions of enrollment as a
student who is currently enrolled in the school.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 22, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
searchable data base concerning the history and current status of
disproportionality in out-of-school suspensions and expulsions in
(d) The civil rights commission shall use the information in the data base annually to identify school corporations with disproportionate use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions and make appropriate recommendations to the school corporations.
school corporation or charter school during the period of the actual or
proposed expulsion or separation if:
(1) the student's parent informs the school corporation in which the student seeks to enroll and also:
(A) in the case of a student withdrawing from a charter school that is not a conversion charter school to avoid expulsion, the
conversion charter school; or
(B) in the case of a student withdrawing from a conversion charter school to avoid expulsion:
(i) the conversion charter school; and
(ii) the school corporation that sponsored the conversion charter school;
of the student's expulsion, separation, or withdrawal to avoid expulsion or separation;
(2) the school corporation (and, in the case of a student withdrawal described in subdivision (1)(A) or (1)(B), the charter school) consents to the student's enrollment; and
(3) the student agrees to the terms and conditions of enrollment established by the school corporation (or, in the case of a student withdrawal described in subdivision (1)(A) or (1)(B), the charter school or conversion charter school). The terms and conditions of enrollment established for the student by the school corporation, charter school, or conversion charter school must be the same terms and conditions of enrollment to which students currently enrolled in the school corporation, charter school, or conversion charter school are subject.
(1) a student's parent fails to inform the school corporation of the expulsion or separation or withdrawal to avoid expulsion or separation; or
(2) a student fails to follow the terms and conditions of enrollment under subsection (b)(3);
the school corporation or charter school may withdraw consent and prohibit the student's enrollment during the period of the actual or proposed expulsion or separation.
(d) Before a consent is withdrawn under subsection (c) the student must have an opportunity for an informal meeting before the principal of the student's proposed school. At the informal meeting, the student is entitled to:
(1) a written or an oral statement of the reasons for the withdrawal of the consent;
(2) a summary of the evidence against the student; and