Earlier this month Governor Northam signed bills that cap suspensions of children in pre-K through 3rd grade at three days, and reduces the maximum long-term suspensions from 364 to 45 days. These reforms are intended to address the racial disparity in suspension rates identified by the U.S. Department of Education, and replace exclusionary discipline with opportunities for reflection and making amends.
As the linked articles and studies below show, however, the practical outcome of such measures has been a disaster wherever they have been tried. School violence has increased dramatically, teachers no longer feel safe, and administrators are punishing teachers who complain. Students who are genuinely there to learn are suffering continued classroom disruptions. As a community we must come together and find effective solutions to the school discipline problem.
Virginia Beach schools see a drop in suspensions. But teachers feel less safe: https://tinyurl.com/y8wdvyo2
Dozens of teachers terrorized by out-of-control students flee school district: https://nypost.com/2017/11/21/dozens-of-teachers-terrorized-by-out-of-control-students-flee-school-district/
Harrisburg teachers appeal to district for help with in-classroom behavioral issues: https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/harrisburg_teachers_appeal_to.html
Chaos after ‘White Privilege’ Theory Influences Discipline Rules: