Keeping kids in class.

MAC’s School Discipline project focuses its attention on school exclusion and the effects of zero tolerance policies and practices, particularly on students of color and students with disabilities.

This work is rooted in the passage of the Education Reform Act of 1993, when school principals gained the authority to exclude children from school. Ever since, MAC has been receiving calls about children being suspended and expelled from school.

Through the incredible advocacy of MAC’s School Discipline project, on August 6, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed House Bill 4332 into law as Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012. This new law allows students who are excluded from school or facing exclusion to make academic progress during the period of their exclusion through alternative education programs and services provided by the school district.

This law will also improve the fairness of the discipline process, and reduce the number and duration of school exclusions.