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  • NJ S2081
  • Limits expulsions and suspensions for students in preschool through grade 2 with certain exceptions; requires early detection and prevention programs for behavioral issues in preschool through grade 2.
Introduced
(4/25/2016)
In Committee
(5/23/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
Passed
(6/27/2016)
Signed
(9/6/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Current law at N.J.S.18A:37-2 outlines the types of conduct that may constitute good cause for the suspension or expulsion of a student from school. This bill would place limits on expulsions and suspensions for students enrolled in preschool through second grade in a school district or charter school. Under the bill, students in kindergarten through second grade may not be expelled from school, except as provided pursuant to the "Zero Tolerance for Guns Act," P.L.1995, c.127 (C.18A:37-7 et seq.). The bill also prohibits out-of-school suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade, except when the suspension is based on conduct that is of a violent or sexual nature that endangers others. In addition, the bill prohibits all suspensions for preschool students and provides that preschool students may not be expelled, except as provided pursuant to the "Zero Tolerance for Guns Act." The bill also requires school districts and charter schools to implement an early detection and prevention program to identify students in preschool through grade two who are experiencing behavioral or disciplinary problems, and provide behavioral supports for these students, which may include, but need not be limited to, remediation of problem behaviors, positive reinforcements, supportive interventions, and referral services. An early detection and prevention program may be incorporated into the system of intervention and referral services that is required to be established in each school under current State Board of Education regulations at N.J.A.C.6A:16-8.1 to 8.2.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2016, c.45.  (on 9/6/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
9/6/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.45.
6/27/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (56-17-5)
6/27/2016 A Substituted for A3790
6/27/2016 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
6/27/2016 S Passed by the Senate (36-0)
5/23/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
5/23/2016 Senate Education Hearing (10:00 5/23/2016 Committee Room 6, 1st Floor)
4/25/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A3790 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 56 17 7
Detail 6/27/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 36 0 4
Detail 5/23/2016 Senate Education Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0