Wake Ed

Wake County to discuss equitable student discipline plan

The Wake County school system’s plan to reduce suspensions, especially among minority students and students with learning disabilities, will be presented Monday.

During Monday’s school board student achievement committee meeting, staff will discuss Wake’s “Comprehensive Plan for Equitable Discipline Practices,” a list of actions being undertaken to promote nondiscriminatory discipline practices. Motivations include the ongoing federal civil rights investigation of Wake’s discipline practices and the district’s new goal to have 95 percent of students graduating high school by 2020.

One of the goals of the plan is to reinforce that students should only be removed from the classroom as a last resort.

As part of the effort, staff will also discuss plans to start new alternative learning programs, including a blended learning academy and an acceleration academy. Critics of Wake’s discipline practices have accused the district of not offering adequate alternative learning programs.

Other topics Monday include presentations on possible 2016-17 school instructional calendars and the Vernon Malone College & Career Academy.