End to zero tolerance expulsion policies in Oregon

HB 2192 became effective July 1, 2014!  This legislation was drafted by Youth, Rights & Justice and passed unanimously by the 2013 Oregon Legislature.  The new law requires school districts to remove mandatory expulsion policies and limit the use of expulsion to real safety threats and chronic behavior problems that have not responded to other interventions.  The new law also requires schools to implement discipline practices that are designed to keep students in school, are proportionate to the behavior and which take the student's age and development into consideration.

Transition-Aged Students with Disabilities -- Settlement Agreement with Portland Public Schools, Sept. 2012

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Tuition Waivers for Foster Youth, Enacted in 2011

Find more information on our Policy page.

Education Needs of Children in Foster Care

Foster children have historically had very poor educational outcomes due to frequent school changes, experiences of abuse and neglect, numerous health and social risk factors, and higher rates of disability.  The recent report, "Education is the Lifeline for Youth in Foster Care," is available here.

YRJ attorney Brian Baker was a presenter at the conference, "Child Welfare, Education and the Courts: A Collaboration to Strengthen Educational Successes of Children and Youth in Foster Care," in November 2011.  You can find materials from the conference here.

School Discipline

The Education Law Center's issue brief on School Discpline: "School discipline serves the important purpose of maintaining safe and orderly learning environments in our schools, but research shows that an emphasis on harsh, punitive practices, such as "zero tolerance" policies, does not improve school safety."

The ACLU's issue brief on Youth & Student Rights: 

For information on the problem of minority overrepresentation in school discipline, go to our Minority Overrepresentation page.

Click here for more online resources for school discipline.

School Discipline Handbooks by District

 Special Education

 Updated content coming soon!