On December 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it had rescinded a package of guidance documents related to school discipline. The guidance detailed how, among other things, educators should prevent discipline from being administered in a way that disproportionately impacts minority students and those with disabilities. The announcement follows the December 18, 2018, release of the Federal Commission on School Safety report, which recommended rescission of the guidance. Education Secretary DeVos stated that the guidance put too much emphasis on statistics, adding that the rescission “makes it clear that discipline is a matter on which classroom teachers and local school leaders deserve and need autonomy.” The Arc strongly opposes the rescission of the package of documents that provide helpful guidance for schools, but emphasizes that the obligations for schools under existing civil rights and education laws remain in effect.
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