Stand Applauds Policy on School Discipline

Legislation | 03/12/2021

Kate Dando Doran
Director of Communications

Thanks Senator Buckner and Representative Herod for their leadership

Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today following the introduction of SB-21-182. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Janet Buckner and Representative Leslie Herod.

“I am so glad to see this bill come to reality because growing up I saw the way the school-to-prison pipeline affected my siblings. I knew if my brothers would of had the education they deserved their lives would have been completely different. They were troubled kids who didn’t fit the “norms” at school and because of that they were constantly removed from class. Men who had so much to offer but because nobody believed in them and focused on their problems ended up broken and not believing in themselves. These men who had so much to give to the world end up shattered and caged,” said Natalie Perez, Colorado mom and Stand Parent Advocacy Fellow.

“This bill takes critical steps to address a problem that is harming too many Colorado students and leaving a deep and lasting impact in communities across the state. Our team is grateful for the leadership of Senator Buckner and Representative Herod for their efforts to disrupt and end the school-to-prison pipeline. The truth is that discrimination plays an enormous role in which students are punished. Black and Hispanic students are punished more harshly than their white counterparts. The time has come for us to take actionable steps to address the disproportionate discipline of students of color,“ said Krista Spurgin, Stand Executive Director.

Senate Bill 21-182

  • Ends the use of handcuffs in elementary schools.
  • Requires improved discipline reporting, encourages developmentally appropriate discipline methods, and requires schools to address disproportionate discipline.
  • Decreases the use of ticketing and interaction with law enforcement as methods of student discipline
  • Require a higher standard for suspensions and remove “habitually disruptive,” a standard that allows for bias and disproportionately affects students of color; school districts must demonstrate that they have taken steps to implement behavioral management strategies.  
  • Shifts much needed resources towards restorative justice practices through the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) grant.
  • Strengthens the standards for School Resource Officer selection and requires an evaluation of performance. 

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