Massachusetts law Act 222
Discourages schools from utilizing exclusionary discipline for minor offenses.The law requires districts and charter schools to include the specific reason for any suspension or expulsion of a student in their yearly data reports to the Department of Education. It requires principals to a create “school-wide education service plan” for any student suspended for 10 days or more. It clarifies the rights of suspended and expelled students to receive educational services while not physically present in school. The law also requires a principal to notify the superintendent in writing of the out-of-school suspension of a student enrolled in kindergarten through third grade and the alleged misconduct that resulted in the suspension before the suspension takes effect. Read more.