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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Support H.4131: An Act to Reform Public School Disciplinary Procedures and Reporting

NESCA joins with organizations including Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the Education Law Task Force, Federation for Children with Special Needs, Children's Defense Fund, Massachusetts Bar Association, Disability Law Center and more than a dozen others in supporting H.4131, a bill now pending in the Mass. House of Representatives.

The new law would compel schools to maintain accurate records of all suspensions and expulsions and report them to the DESE, extend important due-process rights to students in disciplinary proceedings and afford those who are excluded from school opportunities to make up missed work or otherwise continue their educations.

These and other provisions in the bill would help to end discrimination, reduce the drop-out rate and staunch the flow through the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline."

You can read more about the bill HERE. Its best chance of passage will come if it is put to a vote prior to the end of the legislative session on July 31, 2012.

Please therefore contact your representative as soon as possible to urge immediate passage of H.4131. To identify your state legislator and to get their phone number and/or email address, contact the State House at 617-722-2000 or visit www.wheredoIvotema.com.

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