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For Merced Union, school discipline is an evolving artform

October 27, 2017 / By
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Over the last decade, school districts throughout the state have begun to reevaluate “black-and-white policies that would discipline students automatically regardless of individual circumstances,” she said. Much of this coincided with the passing of Assembly Bill 1729, which allowed superintendents and principals more discretion to provide alternatives to suspension and expulsion for students, said Mike Richter, associate principal at Golden Valley High School (GVHS) in Merced. Teachers and staff are now encouraged to look at a student’s complete behavioral pattern before determining an appropriate course of action.