School Discipline Policies

School discipline laws regulate the use of expulsion and suspension as disciplinary measures for students. These laws govern the type of conduct that requires expulsion and suspension, the type of conduct that may be punished by expulsion or suspension, minimum and maximum lengths of expulsion or suspension, alternatives to exclusionary discipline, and reporting requirements, among other elements.

There has been a recent trend in the United States toward reevaluating zero tolerance school discipline policies. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing expulsions and suspensions.

This map identifies and displays key features of state-level school discipline laws in effect from January 1, 2008 to June 1, 2018 across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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