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KISD Board Members Try To Change Discipline Laws

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(KCEN) -- Two bills passed in the Texas Senate last year changed the way schools deal with behavioral issues, but now a local district is fighting back.

Killeen school board president Terry Delano is taking a stand and trying to change the state laws. "SB 393 takes another tool away from us in dealing with very serious situations," Delano said. Passed into law in September, the bills limit the role of police involvement with discipline. Before, a student could receive a citation for simple assault. Now, schools have to deal with it before going to law enforcement. "It really ties our hands when we are not allowing our police force to deal with these situations," Delano said.
If staff members are still unsatisfied or the student fails to complete the disciplinary process, the district can then go to police, but the process takes weeks.

Supporters say the bills will keep misbehaving minors out of juvenile detention centers and on a better path toward graduation. The state is trying to cut the cost of kids entering into the judicial system, but Delano says they'll pay the price sooner or later. "I would argue that not dealing with these situations creates a pipeline to prison," Delano said. "Not having consequences for your actions creates a pipeline to prison."

Problems laid out by the district are going to the Texas Association of School Boards, a group that will urge the Legislature for changes in January.

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