Suspending suspension

Connecticut legislators may ban out-of-school suspension except for “students deemed too dangerous or disruptive to be in school.” More schools are using in-school suspension, but officials don’t want to lose the right to send kids home.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Bars on the detention room or leg irons?
    When Frisco told principals their jobs depended on cutting minority ecxpulsions in half, the cut was made. School violence doubled.

  2. I was following the Zero Tolerance/suspension/expulsion issue for a while–until it became just too overwhelming.

    My gross sense is that kids are being suspended for non-violent reasons–there ought to be an alternative.

    A certain child with a name very similar to your daughter’s was suspended for two days last month for a violation. While I didn’t say so to her, I thought it was a non-punishment: she got two extra days of vacation & could work a couple of extra shifts = more $$$ for the prom.

    A better consequence would have been in-school suspension (boring), plus having to speak to the following classes on what she (and the rest of the kids suspended) did to merit punishment (embarassment plus making amends to the community).

  3. Glorious! Just dandy!

    First corporal punishment, now OSS? Although I didn’t write many referrals when in the classroom, the ones I did were very justified and usually resulted in an OSS. My school was part of the PBS (positive behavior support) system and every attempt (even more then prior to starting PBS) was made to correct the behavior.

    At what point is enough, enough?

  4. ucladavid says:

    At my middle school, there was sort of a battle between the administrators about what to do. One asst principal wants to do more pbs; the dean wants to be a bit more tough with the kids. After numerous teachers complained how the school was going downhill, the dean finally “won” and stronger discipline was done. My school doesn’t have the staff nor the area to have an in-school suspension. The dean gives detention after school and on saturdays. However, she can only do so much. If it wasn’t for her, my school would be in much worse shape than it is.

  5. At my middle school in the Inland Empire of California, we have home suspensions, Saturday school, on campus suspension, a detention room and after school work program. The on campus suspension, ALC (alternative learning center) was just begun this year and is very popular with the teachers and administrators and seems to be paying for itself in ADA money.

    At our school the problem is located at the district level. The district and CWA staff simply refuse to expel students. A chosen few (a half dozen) are at an alternative to expulsion class at one of our continuation schools. The rest simply have their expulsion suspended and are farmed off to another school on a meaningless continued attendance contract.

    I know off at least three students in the system that have been expelled twice, had the expulsions suspended, and are on their third or fourth school.

    I know of students put up for expulsion for bringing weapons to school and threatening school staff that were simply sent to new schools, with no mention to the lucky teachers of their past record.

  6. Thomas says:

    I’m a bit confused: those of you that want to be tough on kids think that getting rid of out-of-school suspension for non-violent students is a bad idea? Exactly what do you think they’re doing when they aren’t at school? When it comes to high school students (and in some cases lower grades too) out-of-school suspension is often a REWARD! The misbehaving students is taken out of a place they don’t want to be and thanks to the many derelict parents that allow their kids to act like fools to begin with, leaves them in an undersupervised enviroment.

    Being tough on kids would be making these kids go to an in-school suspension environment bordering on prison that is as miserable to the kids as is legally possible. At least in that kind of enviroment the student feels some negative effects for their actions.

  7. Thomas says:

    *sigh* poor proofreading on the last sentence of the first paragraph…