Laws & Guidance GENERAL
School Climate and Discipline: Federal Efforts

In Summer 2011, Education Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder announced the launch of a collaborative project—the Supportive School Discipline Initiative (Initiative)—between the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) to support the use of school discipline practices that foster safe, supportive, and productive learning environments while keeping students in school. Below are a few of the major milestones achieved since the initiative launched.

ED and HHS Policy Statement of Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Learning Settings

Council of State Governments School Discipline Consensus Project

  • School Discipline Consensus Project.
    Includes recommendations to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through improved cross-agency efforts involving behavioral health, education, juvenile justice, social services, law enforcement, and child welfare.

ED-DOJ School Discipline Guidance Package

This guidance document draws from emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps that can help guide state- and locally-controlled efforts to improve school climate and school discipline..

  • Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources.
    Index of the extensive federal technical assistance and other resources on school discipline and climate available to schools and districts.
     [PDF, 1MB]

  • Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations.
    Document describing an online tool that catalogues the laws and regulations related to school discipline in each of the 50 States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico states and compares laws across states and jurisdictions. You can access the description of the compendium  [PDF, 674KB], and you can access the tool itself online.

  • Overview of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.
    Outline of recent federal efforts on these issues through the interagency Supportive School Discipline Initiative.
     [PDF, 266KB]

  • 2014 Discipline FAQ

    Provides an overview of the 2014 School Discipline Guidance Package.

    Language Versions:


    School Discipline Guidance Package FAQs
    [PDF, 394KB]

    language assistance Espanol:

    Paquete de Orientación Sobre la Disciplina Escolar, Preguntas y Respuestas
    [PDF, 394KB]

    language assistance Khmer:

    សំណួរដែលគេសួរជារឿយៗ (FAQs) សម្រាប់កញ្ចប់ឯកសារនៃសេចក្ដីណែនាំអំពីវិន័យសាលា
    [PDF, 486KB]

    language assistance Lao:

    [PDF, 614KB]

    language assistance Vietnamese:

    Những câu hỏi thường gặp về Tài Liệu Hướng dẫn Kỷ luật Nhà trường
    [PDF, 355KB]

Last Modified: 12/08/2015