-No teeth in the new code of conduct! Multiple class 2s removed. Lots of restorative justice, code for counsel the student again! For fights only 1 day ISSP unless it’s a big fight! I see and hear about more fights and it will probably get worse because the consequences are light!!!
-3 fights before you are suspended is ridiculous! At schools where fighting has been a problem (like one i used to be at) I can’t imagine how that’s going.
–I wondered about this when I read the report about the supe’s self-evaluation. He cites the drop as evidence of a much safer school climate. Those of us who work at schools see it the other way from what we experience every day. The drop in referrals and suspensions are a reflection of schools that are very much more unsafe. The offenders receive no consequence of any impact and feel empowered to increase the severity of their offenses. I agree we have discipline problems and I agree punishment is not the only answer, but it’s like we’ve closed all the jails and asked criminals to play nice and think we solved the problem. John Wesley said you can’t preach heaven until you’ve preached hell. I want to see restorative justice and positive behavior intervention to help address root causes of misbehavior, but we also need consequences. I’m reminded of those billboards that showed up about a year after Obama’s first election: Bush’s face with the message, “Miss me yet?” Mentally I see the same thing in Jacksonville. Pratt-Dannal’s face with the message, “Miss me yet?” You might not have liked EPD, but he allowed schools and principals the autonomy to deal with discipline issues as they needed to.
So the dean’s secretary can’t work with one kid in her office, but I’m supposed to teach 34 other kids with one who won’t stop acting out. And I’m accountable for how much they all learn and imagine how empowered the disruptive student feels when he walks back in 5 minutes later and says “she said you can’t send me out.”
The person above had a good AP. I’ve had some good ones too and what a difference they make. The dean at my school plays good cop in our waste of time conferences and leaves me to be the heavy. Be the dean and not their friend. They have enough friends – like their parents!
Student behavior has always been the Achilles heel of DCPS. They are extremely defensive about it. They always find ways to bury data about it.
Regarding classroom discipline, the contract says we can send kids out, but DTU doesn’t enforce the contract, though that is there sole purpose.
–It’s always turned around on teachers too, like we can’t handle the student or we need more “classroom management classes”. No, parents need to man up and teach the kids to respect adults. Teachers have enough to deal with. The last thing we need is a kid coming back to the class to take away from the other students learning.