Committee: Education PolicySponsor: Smitherman
Analyst: Daniel DavenportDate: 03/02/2021


Senate Bill 203 as introduced establishes a disciplinary hearing process for students facing long-term suspension or expulsion which would increase the obligations of: (1) local boards of education to qualify individuals as hearing officers, provide substantial evidence at disciplinary hearings and provide electronic or written records of any hearings to each party upon request; and (2) the State Department of Education by an undetermined amount to adopt rules related to disciplinary hearing procedures and provide annual training to impartial hearing officers.

 Tim Melson, Chairperson
Education Policy