School Safety Law Toolkit

House Bill 674

The bill, also known as the positive behavior program, says that each school district and open-enrollment charter school may develop and implement a program, in consultation with campus behavior coordinators employed by the district or school and representatives of a regional education service center, that provides a disciplinary alternative for a student enrolled in a grade level below grade three who engages in conduct described by Section 37.005(a) and is not subject to Section 37.005(c). The program must be age-appropriate and research-based, provide models for positive behavior, promote positive school environment, provide alternative disciplinary courses of action that do not rely on the use of in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or placement in a disciplinary alternative education program to manage student behavior, and provide behavior management strategies.

A student who is enrolled below third grade may not be suspended unless the student engages in conduct that is related to weapons under Section 46.02 or 46.05, Penal Code; engages in conduct that contains violent offenses under 22.01, 22.011, or 22.021, Penal Code; or engages in selling, giving, or delivering to another person or possessing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or a controlled substance.