Illinois law to require schools to rethink discipline

A new law will require Illinois schools to develop more measured discipline policies beginning next school year.
    
The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1HA9URV ) reports a bill signed into law this summer by Gov. Bruce Rauner requires schools to end zero-tolerance policies, limit out-of-school suspensions, address bullying and create a parent-teacher advisory board on school discipline.
    
The law also says sending students to alternative schools should be a last resort for discipline.
    
The National School Boards Association has said out-of-school suspensions can be bad for students because they remove them from a learning environment and often result in them being unsupervised.
    
Thomas Kim, principal of Huntley Middle School in DeKalb, says the new law gives schools a chance to better engage students.

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