Bills to Watch 2019: Final Update

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  This legislative session was a whirlwind! Over one thousand bills were introduced, and while very few of those were eventually signed into law, important progress was made that deserves recognition. Below is OPEN’s review of events, focusing on the issues that most strongly impact students and families.   SCHOOL CULTURE: BULLYING, DISCIPLINE HB 160, […]

#PolicyForThePeople Bills to Watch: Discipline, Bullying, & Culture

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School discipline policy is always a hot topic in the state legislature, and this year is no exception. Public schools and particularly charter schools continue to use discipline policies (i.e. suspension and expulsion) that unfairly impact students of color and are not effective in creating safe and positive school environments. This session, there are five […]

#PolicyforthePeople Bills to Watch: HB338

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Tell schools to keep their codes (and hands) out of Black kid’s hair!   HB 338 is an education bill that addresses bullying, harassment, and discrimination policy. The bill requires schools to take reasonable steps to prevent and eliminate discrimination against students and also requests increased work on community engagement and discrimination-related training for school […]