- Associated Press - Sunday, November 15, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson Unified School District is spending $35,000 to rewrite its student code of conduct.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1HRSj2z) Superintendent H.T. Sanchez asked governing board members to approve the funds Tuesday. He said the penal code was the template for the code of conduct, and that it doesn’t encourage a constructive environment for discipline.

He said the Tucson district’s code of conduct is much different from those in place at Texas school districts where Sanchez previously worked.

“Their codes of conduct are a lot more user-friendly and student-friendly in the sense of understanding what the levels are, what the consequences are and what the supports are,” he said. “They’re not written like this.”

Sanchez says consultant Jim Freeman will organize community outreach to get feedback from parents, students, teachers, and principals.

“I think the strength of this process is having teachers and others affected by the document there,” Sanchez said. “And it’s not going to be a central office person managing the process, so people can feel free to say ‘I think that’s bad, I think that’s going to create more problems.’ “

TUSD legal counsel Julie Tolleson said outreach efforts should help the community support the end product.

Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva said a rewrite is needed for clarity.

“The complaints I have had as of late have been regarding the (code of conduct) and how difficult it is to navigate and how unclear it is to a lot of people,” she said. “I do think it is a document that needs to be worked on.”

Governing Board Member Mark Stegeman voted against the consultant contract and questioned the need for hiring someone outside the district for the project.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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