Potential School Discipline Changes

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The start of Jamestown’s fall school semester is right around the corner, now school officials are looking at discipline in the district.

Many members of the Jamestown Public School board are questioning how State policies might affect local district disciplinary tactics. 

The State has not given any recommendation yet, however that could change at any time.

While looking for advice on the subject, those with the Jamestown School District have mostly been speaking with lawyers on the potential monumental change.

“Discipline has mostly been, in terms of student consequences, has mostly been defined by case law in the courts and commissioners decisions on appeals from suspensions,“ explained Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker. “So that’s how the law and regulation gets framed. So rarely has it resulted in a complete change of process. This is going to be something pretty new, I would imagine since the 80s, 70’s or 80’s, since something this traumatic has come down from the state.”        

Other board members also cited caution when it comes to which groups are getting disciplined more.

They also wanted to look over the data to see if there is a better solution to discipline than out of school suspension, which one board member akin to just time off school.


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