Discipline Records

Savage, David G.
December 1980
Education Digest;Dec1980, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p63
The article reports that the U.S. Education Department has a new regulation related to school discipline. This one will require schools to keep discipline records by race, sex, and handicap. Apparently, the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) believes some schools expel or discipline a disproportionate number of minority students. If so, OCR wants to investigate and check the records. The discipline issue had been kicked around for years in the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Office for Civil Rights, but no decision was ever made. Now, however, Secretary Shirley Hufstedler is nearing a decision to impose the requirement. It will come in the form of a memo to state education agencies and school districts. The disciplinary actions to be reported include suspensions, expulsions, corporal punishment, and transfers for both disciplinary and special education reasons. Each school must break down its records by whether the student is white, black, Hispanic, Indian, Eskimo, Asian or Pacific Islander, or handicapped. A student can fit in only one category.


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