Michigan laws HB5618, HB5619, HB5693 and HB5694
HB5618, HB5619, HB5693, HB5694, mandates Michigan public schools to make certain specific considerations and take specific steps before utilizing exclusionary discipline. Effective August 1, 2017. The laws require schools to consider students’ age, disability status, behavior record, and whether the infraction caused significant danger. They also require schools to utilize restorative practices as alternatives to suspensions and expulsions in certain situations. The laws clarify that students can be expelled for weapons offenses, but that is not required by law.