In a survey, superintendents say teachers support suspensions
Via EdSource | by Jane Meredith Adams Superintendents say teachers are the group most likely to object to policies that would reduce student suspensions, according to a new national survey on school discipline released Monday by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the nonprofit advocacy group the Children’s Defense Fund. At the same time, conflict...
By LA School Report | July 30, 2014 10:01 am
Why Galatzan Opposed End to “Willful Defiance” Suspensions
Though it seems like ages ago, it was actually just last week that the School Board voted, 5-2, to revise LAUSD’s discipline policy. The move, among other things, means that LAUSD schools will no longer be able to suspend kids for a catch-all category of misbehavior called “willful defiance.” While the move was lauded by...
By Hillel Aron | May 23, 2013 1:15 pm
Morning Read: Progress for Bill Limiting Overuse of Suspensions
Bill Restricting ‘Willful Defiance’ for Suspending Students Moves Ahead With new data showing that more than half of all suspensions and a quarter of expulsions in California schools are for “willful defiance” of school authorities, the Assembly Education Committee voted 6-0 on Wednesday to move forward a bill that would restrict the use of the...
By Samantha Oltman | April 18, 2013 9:32 am
Morning Read: Board Votes to Speed Dismissal Process
LAUSD Board Votes to Improve Abuse Investigations With 278 Los Angeles Unified educators sitting in “teacher jail,” the school board voted Tuesday to streamline and improve the investigations of those accused of serious physical abuse or sexual misconduct. LA Daily News See also: LA School Report, LA Times L.A. Unified Board Ratifies ‘Parent-Trigger’ Partnership The...
By Samantha Oltman | April 17, 2013 9:55 am
Board Preview Update: Discipline, Misconduct, and Dismissals
The agenda for today’s School Board meeting is packed with hot-topic resolutions, including a plan to streamline LAUSD’s teacher misconduct investigation process, a call to work with state legislators to pass a new teacher dismissal bill, and a plan to reduce student suspensions and discipline for “willful defiance” in LA schools. These topics have received...
By Samantha Oltman | April 16, 2013 11:30 am
Morning Read: Board Considers Speedier Teacher Investigations
L.A. School Board to Consider Faster Investigation of Teachers Sexual misconduct allegations at Miramonte Elementary School sparked a surge of investigations of Los Angeles teachers, pushing the ranks of those in “teacher jail” to more than 300 — and prompting officials this week to consider the rights of accused employees. LA Times See also: AP,...
By Samantha Oltman | April 16, 2013 9:46 am