HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1031        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 401

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Ruth B. Balser

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act supporting healthy development among preschoolers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Liz Miranda

5th Suffolk

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1031        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 401

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 401) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation to require the development of standards for prohibiting or limiting the use of suspension and expulsion in preschools.  Education.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2010 OF 2017-2018.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act supporting healthy development among preschoolers.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 15D  of the General Laws is hereby amended in Section 4A subsection (c) by inserting after the words “best practices” the following:

On or before January 1 2020, the Department shall develop performance specification standards for prohibiting or severely limiting the use of suspension and expulsion for use only as a last resort in extraordinary circumstances where there is a serious safety threat that cannot be reduced or eliminated by the provision of reasonable program modifications.

The standards shall at minimum include:1) benchmarks and goals for supporting children’s social emotional and behavioral development to include reducing the use of exclusion as a disciplinary tool and for eliminating disparities in the use of suspension and expulsion;  2) engagement steps to be taken with the child and parent or guardian prior to suspension or expulsion; 3) requirements for communicating discipline policies including suspension and expulsion policies to staff, families and community partners; 4) specifications for achieving performance standards which, reward and incentivize programs to access technical assistance to support ongoing development of staff and teacher skills for supporting children’s social emotional and behavioral development, reducing disparities and limiting the use of suspension and expulsion.