Arkansas Law SB1147
The law requires monitoring and reporting of disciplinary measure usage broken down by subgroups—white, non-white, low-income, students with disabilities, and low achieving. These reports shall be annually compiled by the state department of education and submitted to the state board of education and school districts. The report should include updates about reductions in discipline disparities and implementation of alternative discipline strategies. This law also recognizes that exclusionary discipline is detrimental to student learning and bans out-of-school suspension for truancy. Public schools must denote in a student’s record if a student absence was due to an out-of-school suspension. Effective July 1, 2014. Read More.