Board of Education moves forward with controversial misconduct rule changes for Hawaii's public schools.
June 24, 2009
ACLU asks school officials and students to help monitor and confidentially report any possible abuse of sweeping new powers.
As the Board of Education moves forward with controversial misconduct rule changes for Hawaii's public schools, ACLU asks school officials and students to help monitor and confidentially report any possible abuse of sweeping new powers.
On Thursday, 6/18/09, the Board of Education voted 8-4 to enact sweeping changes to Chapter 19 - the administrative rules governing student discipline and misconduct - despite widespread community opposition to the Board's proposals to erode student privacy. The Board received testimony from law professors, sociology professors, students, concerned parents and a wide range of community organizations informing the Board that it should focus on educating our students - giving our youth the tools to make responsible decisions and become civically minded adults - rather than spending its time trying to find ways to make our schools function more like prisons.
Daniel Gluck, ACLU Senior Staff Attorney, stated: "The ACLU is disappointed that the Board has ignored our warnings that these changes are unconstitutional and will lead to lawsuits. We will continue to monitor the implementation of these rules, and we encourage any parent, student or school official subjected to a random locker search or an intrusive drug-dog sniff to contact the local ACLU immediately via email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or via mail to Box 3410, Honolulu, HI 96801. Reports will be held in confidence.
For more information, including the full text of our testimony, please visit: www.acluhawaii.org/ch19
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