Below is a list of terms commonly used on this website:
Chapter 37 – Texas legal statutes within the Texas Education Code that govern student discipline in Texas public schools.
DAEP - Disciplinary Alternative Education Program – A public school run alternative education program where children are sent for violating a public school’s student code of conduct.
Disciplinary Placements - Counts and percents of students placed in alternative education programs under Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code (statistics accounted through the Texas Education Agency).
Due Process - An established course for judicial proceedings or other governmental activities designed to safeguard the legal rights of the individual.
HB 603 – House Bill 603 – State law enacted in 2005 which gives Texas public school districts complete discretion in the disciplinary process to consider self-defense, disability, and intent or lack of intent in all disciplinary decisions except for firearm related offenses.
House Committee on Public Education – A committee of elected Texas state representatives that determine and recommend legislative bills to the Texas House of Representatives as a whole.
JJAEP – Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program – An alternative education program operated by Texas Juvenile Probation in conjunction with Texas public school districts where children are sent for violating a public school’s student code of conduct and/or for violating state law. There are 3 types of JJAEPs in Texas: Classroom, Therapeutic, and Military Boot Camps.
Senate Committee on Education – A committee of elected Texas state senators that determine and recommend legislative bills to the Texas State Senate as a whole.
School to Prison Pipeline – A process through which juveniles of school age are recycled through the justice system and, through negative reinforcement, become habitual criminals entering the Texas State Penal system.
Tarkington ISD vs. Ellis – Texas court case where the court ruled that the Texas Education Code permits Texas school districts to decline to expel students for mandatory disciplinary infractions except for firearms if intent is adopted as a factor in expulsion decisions in the school district’s student code of conduct.
Texas Zero Tolerance – A statewide organization of Texas parents dedicated to the reform of "zero tolerance" disciplinary laws in the state of Texas. The organization was founded in 2003 as Katy Zero Tolerance and is managed by 3 co-directors.
Zero Tolerance - "Zero Tolerance" is not mentioned in any disciplinary management plan but has become synonymous with disciplinary policies of public schools requiring predetermined consequences or punishment for particular offenses without consideration of the circumstances, the student’s disciplinary history, or malicious intent of the student.