Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) is leading the charge to reform school discipline policies throughout Georgia.
Jones, who pushed for the passage of SR 1200, said he is concerned about disparities in school discipline standards and wants to create a comprehensive policy for the state.
“Throughout this great state, school discipline standards and practices vary from school system to school system, often times leaving the fate of any one student in the hands of a single hearing officer that works directly for the school systems,” said Jones.
SR 1200 creates a Senate Study Committee on School Discipline that will study the conditions, needs, issues, and problems related to how local school systems discipline their students. The committee includes five members of the Senate appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. The panel must report its findings Dec. 1, 2014.
“Our students deserve a discipline process that is independent, impartial and balanced, something that is largely missing from the current system said Jones. “Reforms must be made and I look forward to traveling throughout the state to meet with students, parents and various stakeholders to discuss this important matter.”