Among other things outlined in a consent decree signed Thursday between the district and the DOJ:
- The district cannot use suspension, alternative school settings, or expulsion for minor misbehavior and has to limit these types of consequences all together.
- School administrators cannot ask school law enforcement officers to respond in cases where administrators can use the school code of conduct to address behavior problems.
- School police must be trained in bias-free policing, child and adolescent development and age-appropriate responses, mentoring, and working with school administrators.
- The district's alternative school has to establish clear entry and exit rules and speed up students' transition back to their regular school.
- All district schools must adopt Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, an approach that involves teaching students about expected and appropriate behavior.
- The district must monitor discipline data to identify and respond to racial disparities.