On October 5, 2016, the School Board of Broward County, Florida, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and its community partners signed for the second time, the Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline. This ceremonial signing took place at the Kathleen C. Wright Administrative Center during the October 5, School Board meeting, in an effort to renew the commitment to eliminating the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline.
The Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline symbolizes the support for the District’s efforts to reduce suspensions, expulsions and arrests, particularly among youth of color from all of the groups, which are signatories and/or mentioned in the Agreement.
The contents of the Agreement reflect and align with School Board Policy 5.8 (Code of Student Conduct) and School Board Policy 5006 (Suspension and Expulsion). The agreement was signed and implemented for the first time on November 5, 2013.
The Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline establishes guidelines and processes for handling non-violent misdemeanor offenses on school campuses to eliminate the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline. It outlines for school personnel when it is necessary to involve law enforcement and when non-violent offenses can be handled through school resources and programs, such as the PROMISE (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support and Education) program.
The PROMISE program is a BCPS intervention-based initiative designed to address the needs of students who commit non-violent infractions that previously could have resulted in the student being arrested and entering the juvenile justice system. The program emphasizes intervention and prevention. Through the PROMISE program, students receive behavioral supports, counseling and mentoring in an environment focused on helping them make better life choices.
“Through this Collaborative Agreement, our District has the opportunity to change the trajectory of students’ lives and provide the right support systems to lead them into success,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “It is our goal to give each student a high-quality education, and this second signing for the Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline gives students a second chance to fulfill their individual hopes and dreams. I applaud all of our community partners for helping make this Collaborative Agreement a reality, once again.”
To view a video of the Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline re-signing, visit: https://eduvision.tv/l?ADtyOS.
To learn more visit the District’s PROMISE program.
Additional information on national efforts to end the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline is available through the Advancement Project, please visit advancementproject.org/content/home.
Pictured above: School Board Members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, and District Community Partners
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