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  • NJ A3790
  • 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
(5/23/2016)
In Committee
(6/20/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/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 Assembly, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S2081  (on 6/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/27/2016 A Substituted by S2081
6/20/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Assembly Education Hearing (10:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
5/23/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/20/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported Favorably 7 1 3