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An Act To Address Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom

Mandate preamble. This measure requires one or more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures. Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21, 2/3 of all of the members elected to each House have determined it necessary to enact this measure.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §6555  is enacted to read:

§ 6555 Dangerous behavior prevention and intervention

1 Definitions.   As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A "Administrator" has the same meaning as in section 13001-A, subsection 1.
B "Assigned public school employee" means a public school employee chosen by the local president of the applicable bargaining unit to review a reported incident of dangerous behavior.
C "Dangerous behavior" means behavior of a student that presents a risk of injury or harm to a student or others.
2 Report of incident of dangerous behavior.   Upon receipt of a report of an incident of dangerous behavior made by a teacher or school staff person, a school administrative unit shall review the reported incident and develop an individualized response plan in accordance with this subsection. The review of the reported incident must be conducted by an administrator and an assigned public school employee. If the report of the incident of dangerous behavior is substantiated, the school administrative unit shall, in consultation with the public school employee who was subjected to the dangerous behavior, if any, develop an individualized response plan to avoid future dangerous behavior, which may include but is not limited to:
A Minimizing suspension and expulsion of the student;
B Prioritizing counseling and guidance services for the student and educators;
C Providing positive behavioral interventions and supports and supports designed to address the consequences of trauma in the individual and training for the student and educators;
D Restorative practices;
E Training for public school employees who interact with the student; and
F Provision of adequate staffing and professional development necessary to implement the plan.

Nothing in this subsection may be construed as limiting any federally protected right of a student, including, but not limited to, federally protected rights of students with disabilities.

Notwithstanding any provision of this subsection to the contrary, in the case of a student eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, any discussions or actions related to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the student or provision of a free, appropriate public education to the student must take place through the processes established under federal law.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §13601, sub-§5  is enacted to read:

5 Injuries caused by dangerous behavior.   A school administrative unit may not count time away from work against a public school employee's accrued sick leave if the time away from work is due to an injury caused by dangerous behavior and a physician has determined that the public school employee is unable to work as a result of the injury sustained. For the purposes of this subsection, "dangerous behavior" has the same meaning as in section 6555, subsection 1, paragraph C.

Effective 90 days following adjournment of the 129th Legislature, First Regular Session, unless otherwise indicated.

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