The proposed revision to Wake County's student discipline policies will take up a good chunk of time at today's economically disadvantaged student performance task force meeting.
School board member John Tedesco, who chairs the task force, made a last-minute adjustment to the agenda to get the discipline discussion added. He had pushed during Tuesday's board meeting to get the changes pulled from the agenda to have more discussion about them.
Tedesco said he still supports the overhaul. But Tedesco said he agree with those who think that they can make the revisions even better.
For instance, Tedesco likes the idea from school board member Anne McLaurin about specifically spelling out that the offenses would be adjusted by grade level. It's also a point that was made by some speakers at Tuesday's board meeting.
Marvin Connelly, assistant superintendent for student support services, had told McLaurin last week that principals can consider the age of the student when looking at mitigating factors for suspensions. But Tedesco said he wants to see about spelling things out so that younger students won't have the same punishments as older students.
Tedesco said he'd also like to discuss setting up a matrix of alternatives to suspensions, such as community service and Saturday school.
After a 10-minute overview, the task force members will split up into small groups to discuss the revisions.
Staff wants the changes approved soon so they can be incorporated into the new student and parent handbooks.
The meeting will also include reports from subgroups who've been looking into the proposed equality and equity policy, how to evaluate effectiveness, intervention, alternative strategies and parent and community involvement.
The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. at Fox Road Elementary School, 7101 Fox Road in Raleigh.