State senator from Memphis sponsored new law
By Sam Stockard Updated: September 05, 2019 4:21 PM CT | Published: September 05, 2019 4:16 PM CT
Schools across Tennessee will start delving into traumatic experiences in students’ lives as part of a new law targeting “exclusionary” discipline under legislation sponsored by state Sen. Katrina Robinson, a first-term Memphis Democrat.
Signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee, Senate Bill 170 requires school systems to come up with plans for assessing students who go through “adverse childhood experiences” and consider those circumstances when meting out major disciplinary measures such as suspension or expulsion, in-school suspension or alternative school.
Affecting K-12 schools across Tennessee, the new law is designed to help educators find the underlying reasons for a student’s misbehavior and offer resources to straighten them out.
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