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Positive Behavior for Safe & Effective Schools Act

Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives


On May 21, 2009, the Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act (HR 2597) was introduced by Representative Phil Hare (D-IL). If signed into law, HR 2597 will improve school climate and promote students’ academic success by encouraging the use of schoolwide positive behavioral supports (PBIS). Research has documented that PBIS leads to improved instructional time, reduced disciplinary problems and increased test scores. According to Rep. Hare, HR 2597 “provides schools with the flexibility and technical assistance needed to implement, expand, and sustain the use of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system.”

Specifically, HR 2597 would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to:

  • expand flexibility in use of federal funds to support schools positive behavior programs;
  • increase emphasis on improving the overall school climate;
  • expand funding for teacher training on positive behavioral support;
  • expand U.S. Department of Education support for efforts by school-based mental health professionals working with behavioral issues.

This bill has been referred to the House Education and Labor Committee.

Posted July 7, 2009