Nothing is important in education until we attach an acronym to it, so I’m proposing right now that we start using the term CBC—Campus Behavior Coordinator. This term comes from S.B. 107, which adds a brand new section to Chapter 37 of the Education Code, Section 37.0012. That section requires that each campus in the state must have a CBC. S.B. 107 does not say that it applies to charter schools, so it doesn’t. But the traditional schools will have to designate someone as CBC on each campus next school year.
The principal can be the CBC. The law also permits the principal to name “any other campus administrator” to serve as CBC, so we expect this new title will go to principals and assistants. The specific duties of the CBC can be established by campus or district policy, but if you don’t adopt any such policy, the law spells it out for you.
“The campus behavior coordinator is primarily responsible for maintaining student discipline and the implementation of this subchapter.” T.E.C. 37.0012(b). The new sets out some of the specifics of that “primary responsibility.”
For example, it’s the CBC who must “promptly notify” a parent whenever a student is placed into ISS, out of school suspension, DAEP, expulsion or JJAEP, or when the student is taken into custody by law enforcement. This notice is to take place by telephone or in person on that day. Our CBC must also make a “good faith effort” to get written notice to the parent on the day of the disciplinary action.
It’s also the CBC who decides what to do when the teacher exercises her right to dismiss a student from the classroom. Teachers have had this right for a long time, but many of them complain that nothing much happens when they exercise this right. S.B. 107 makes a subtle but important change in the law of “teacher removal.” We’ll take that up in tomorrow’s Daily Dawg.
DAWG BONE: LAST YEAR YOU WERE JUST THE PRINCIPAL. THIS YEAR YOU CAN BE THE CBC!!