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Smart Cville Releases Online Virginia School Discipline Project Tool

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Smart Cville Releases Online Virginia School Discipline Project Tool


"Charlottesville, VA November 29, 2017 - Smart Cville is pleased to announce the release of the Virginia School Discipline Project, an online tool aimed at helping families navigate complex procedures and know their rights when their students are disciplined in Virginia public schools.

Recent data shows that more than 10% of Virginia students are suspended each year, with suspensions disproportionately falling on students of color and students with disabilities.  After reading these troubling statistics and hearing stories from community members who felt overwhelmed when their students were suspended, Smart Cville volunteers and project team leaders Amanda Ames and Kumar Narasimhan began looking at ways to better provide access to information about the discipline process in Virginia public schools. 

“We found that schools’ discipline policies are oftentimes difficult to find online and even more difficult to navigate.  We wanted to help arm families with more information about the discipline processes and the related law so that they felt better equipped advocate on behalf of their students,” said Ames, a Charlottesville attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP..."

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