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The "Code of Virginia" requires school divisions statewide to submit data to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on incidents of discipline, crime, and violence (DCV). School divisions began reporting such data in 1991. This annual report focuses primarily on DCV data submitted for school year 2008-2009, with selected comparisons to prior years. DCV data are used also to complete federal reports required by the "Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994" ("GFSA", Sec. 14061) and the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" ("IDEA"). "GFSA" requires annual reporting of the number of students suspended or expelled statewide for possessing or bringing firearms on school property; "IDEA" contains requirements for reporting disciplinary actions involving students with disabilities. Section 22.1-279.3:1, "Code of Virginia," and the "Gun-Free Schools Act," Sec. 14061 are included in Appendix A of this report. Virginia uses incident-based reporting consistent with federal standards. The reporting process employs a well-defined set of nearly 130 offense codes and data elements that are consistent with those recommended by the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Forum on Education Statistics. "Incidents" range in seriousness from criminal acts that result in law enforcement action to minor acts of misbehavior. A single incident may involve more than one offense; an incident may also involve multiple students and result in multiple disciplinary actions. This report focuses on numbers of incidents and numbers of disciplinary outcomes. Appended are: (1) State and Federal Laws; (2) Offenses Required to be Reported; (3) Offense Codes Used to Identify Persistently Dangerous Schools; (4) Superintendent's Memos: Commonwealth of Virginia; (5) All Incidents for All Regions by Offense Codes, 2008-2009; and (6) Related Documents and Information Resources. (Contains 1 chart, 29 tables and 35 footnotes.) [For "Annual Report: Discipline, Crime, and Violence, School Year 2007-2008," see ED539425.]

Descriptors: Disabilities, Crime, Weapons, Discipline, Law Enforcement, Violence, Data Collection, Antisocial Behavior, State Legislation, Federal Legislation, Suspension, Expulsion, School Policy, Drug Use, Superintendents, Geographic Regions, Incidence, Standards, Comparative Analysis, School Safety

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Autor: Virginia Department of Education


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