Section 3.5 on Alternative Schools sets out guidelines for voluntary transfer or placement in alternative schools for students who would benefit from an alternate learning environment. It prohibits involuntary placement for academic reasons, and places limits on placement for disciplinary reasons. It requires that alternative schools meet the same standards as regular educational environments, work with students to conduct progress reviews and ensure that students have the right to return to their original school or a new school placement.
Increasingly, “threat assessments” are being championed and in some cases mandated in schools, without any safeguards to protect the school community from further criminalization. This section recommends a holistic approach ... MORE
This sections provides guidance for effective drug and alcohol prevention strategies that are honest and engaging for youth, and directs schools and districts to implement policies to respond to student ... MORE