Florida Senate - 2018 SB 496 By Senator Baxley 12-00569-18 2018496__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to out-of-school suspension; amending 3 s. 1002.20, F.S.; authorizing a parent to give public 4 testimony regarding a district school board’s 5 suspension policy at a specified meeting; amending s. 6 1006.07, F.S.; requiring a district school board to 7 review its rules authorizing suspension during a 8 specified timeframe at a district school board 9 meeting; requiring the board to take public testimony 10 at the meeting; providing that the rules expire under 11 certain circumstances; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section 16 1002.20, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 17 1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public 18 school students must receive accurate and timely information 19 regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed 20 of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12 21 students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory 22 rights including, but not limited to, the following: 23 (4) DISCIPLINE.— 24 (a) Suspension of public school student.—In accordance with 25 the provisions of s. 1006.09(1)-(4): 26 1. A student may be suspended only as provided by rule of 27 the district school board. A good faith effort must be made to 28 immediately inform the parent by telephone of the student’s 29 suspension and the reason. Each suspension and the reason must 30 be reported in writing within 24 hours to the parent by United 31 States mail. A good faith effort must be made to use parental 32 assistance before suspension unless the situation requires 33 immediate suspension. 34 2. A student with a disability may only be recommended for 35 suspension or expulsion in accordance with State Board of 36 Education rules. 37 3. A parent may give public testimony at a district school 38 board meeting that reviews the board’s rules authorizing 39 suspension, also referred to as out-of-school suspension, as 40 provided in s. 1006.07(1)(a). 41 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 42 1006.07, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 43 1006.07 District school board duties relating to student 44 discipline and school safety.—The district school board shall 45 provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the 46 attendance and control of students at school, and for proper 47 attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the 48 welfare of students, including: 49 (1) CONTROL OF STUDENTS.— 50 (a) Adopt rules for the control, discipline, in-school 51 suspension, suspension, and expulsion of students and decide all 52 cases recommended for expulsion. Once every 3 years, the 53 district school board shall review its rules authorizing 54 suspension, also referred to as out-of-school-suspension, as a 55 form of discipline during a district school board meeting held 56 pursuant to s. 1001.372. The review must include school district 57 data regarding the disability status, race, gender, and rate of 58 recidivism of each student in the school district who has 59 received suspension since the district school board’s last 60 review. The district school board shall take public testimony at 61 the meeting. If such a meeting is not held in accordance with 62 this paragraph, the board’s rules authorizing suspension expire. 63 All suspension hearings are exempted from the provisions of 64 chapter 120. Expulsion hearings shall be governed by ss. 120.569 65 and 120.57(2) and are exempt from s. 286.011. However, the 66 student’s parent must be given notice of the provisions of s. 67 286.011 and may elect to have the hearing held in compliance 68 with that section. The district school board may prohibit the 69 use of corporal punishment, if the district school board adopts 70 or has adopted a written program of alternative control or 71 discipline. 72 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.