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School Discipline

State Profile - Maine


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Bullying
Making a false accusation
Membership in fraternity, sorority or secret organization
Violating school rules
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 4007
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 6554
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Expulsion may not exceed the number of instructional days in the current school year. Suspensions are 10 days or less. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: School Boards must consider disciplinary policies that focus on positive and restorative interventions and evidence-based practices--avoiding zero tolerance policies. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. School Boards may provide educational services in an alternative setting. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 3271
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Use of force for disciplinary purposes permitted. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 17-A, § 106
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Superintendents must annually report data on expelled and readmitted students to the Commissioner's consultant on truancy, dropouts and alternative eduation. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A § 1001

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