Louisiana - Equitable Discipline Practices: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to monitor disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:3911 Data collection; establishment

B. (3) Each city and parish school board shall ensure that all schools under its jurisdiction accurately report student discipline information, including referrals by teachers for serious disciplinary offenses, using the uniform reporting form developed by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 17:416(A)(4)(a)(iii). Each board shall have school-level summaries of the reported student discipline information prepared for its use and shall formally review and analyze the summary information on a regular basis. Upon request by the state Department of Education, the student discipline information required by this Paragraph also shall be collected as part of the data collection system provided for by this Section. The provisions of this Paragraph shall apply to schools and educational programs located within secure care facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of juvenile justice.


Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:3911 Data collection; establishment

B. (4)(b) The data collection system shall also include information on student discipline for each public school by percentage and unduplicated counts of total students with exceptionalities receiving discipline, including:

  • (i) In-school suspensions, broken down by categories of ten days or less and more than ten days.

  • (ii) Out-of-school suspensions, broken down by categories of ten days or less and more than ten days.

  • (iii) In-school expulsions, broken down by categories of ten days or less and more than ten days.

  • (iv) Out-of-school suspensions, broken down by categories of ten days or less and more than ten days.

  • (v) Restraint procedures.

  • (vi) Seclusion procedures.

  • (vii) Unilateral removals to an interim alternative educational setting by school personnel by disability classification and by reason for removal.

(c) The data collect system shall also include:

  • (i) Percentage and unduplicated count of special education teachers by qualification level for each city, parish, or other local public school system.

  • (ii) Data and information regarding city, parish, or other local public school board high cost assistance requests and awards including but not limited to the unduplicated count of students included in the request, the total amount requested, and the amount awarded.
    (d) The department shall annually compile a report that includes data on each element gathered from the latest collection cycle and trend data from the three prior years. The report shall be sent to each public school governing authority and published on the department’s website.

(e) The requirements of this Paragraph shall not be construed to violate the provisions of R.S. 17:3914.

(f) For any fiscal year in which the department fails to collect and report the required data, the state treasurer shall withhold an amount equal to twenty- five percent of the state general funds appropriated to the state Department of Education through the general appropriations bill for “STATE ACTIVITIES” which are allocated for travel expenses, until such time as the department complies with the provisions of this Paragraph.

C. The department shall:

(1) Develop all procedures and formats for the defining and reporting of all data and statistical components and annually review them.

(2) Assist each local board and the office of juvenile justice in compiling the information by identifying and providing any required and discretionary information currently collected at the state level.

(3) Perform the statistical analysis necessary to aggregate the reported data.

(4) Coordinate all existing and new data collection efforts so as to minimize paperwork at the school and school system level.

(5) Repealed by Acts 1999, No. 1373, § 2, effective July 12, 1999.

D. The board shall review and approve, modify, or reject the data collection system created by the department pursuant to this Section.

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