All About The Money Not Abourt Safe Education For Students who Behave

BS article. The color of a student’s skin is not the issue. Students refusing to follow rules, which lead to classroom and campus disruptions are the problems. This is all about money. More students mean more money and more jobs. Got to love how politicians like to label minorities as victims.

Willful defiance’ discipline takes a hit; schools turning to fixing problems instead of suspending

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Schoolkids navigate a lot of side roads: each teacher’s way of grading, which classmates get prickly if jostled, how loud of a whisper gets a check on the board. But the walkway to the principal’s office is supposed to be wide and well-marked with warnings: no hitting, no knives, no drugs.

Those rules, everyone knows. Less clear are the standards by which each grown-up defines “willful defiance,” a legal category accounting for 42 percent of all suspensions in 2012-13, according to state records. Statistics also show defiance discipline falls hardest on students of color.

“If you’re an African American boy, you are three and a half to four times more likely to be suspended out of school,” said Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento. And while the education code establishes specific reasons for suspensions, such as selling drugs or bullying, “willful defiance is like the catch-all. It’s anything else.”

A new revision to the state Education Code authored by Dickinson will take the teeth out of the willful defiance law, prohibiting its use to suspend young children or expel anyone. Assembly Bill 420 passed both chambers by large margins and was signed into law Sept. 27. From this region, only state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals (Madera County), voted against it.

Chewing gum, eating in class, refusing to talk to a staff member and cussing all are defiance transgressions under the Modesto City Schools conduct code. A third offense of any of them used to call for a one-day suspension, but last year the district shifted toward more proactive behavior fixes, said Associate Superintendent Ginger Johnson.

Outside the bad-attitude realm, offenses lumped into the category include pulling a (false) fire alarm, forging notes from home, slipping off campus during lunch or getting past school Internet blocks in class.

“Our original conduct code gave very specific steps,” Johnson said. “Principals did not feel they had any leeway to use informed judgment. We’ve moved more to a policy of counseling the student or helping direct the student.”

The Modesto numbers are trending down. In 2011-12, 2.9 percent of elementary and junior high school students in the district were suspended at least once for defiance, by the district’s hand-calculated count. That dropped to 2.3 percent the following year and 2.1 percent last year. Most of those were junior high students.

In kindergarten through third grade, where suspensions no longer will be allowed, the numbers stayed fairly flat: 1.8 percent in 2011-12, then 1.1 percent and then 1.3 percent last year. Like the statewide numbers, young black children in Modesto are suspended at higher rates. Because the numbers are very low, the difference is not statistically valid, but it is consistent across all three years.

“Ethnicities that have a low enrollment number may have a high percent that inaccurately portrays a picture. For example, in 2013-14, our K-3 African American students suspended for defiance (3.1 percent) were twice as high as our white students (1.5 percent). However, the actual numbers are six African American students and 19 white students,” Johnson wrote in an emailed response to Modesto Bee follow-up questions.

“Modesto City Schools remains committed to keeping our students where they belong – in school, learning,” she said.

“We know that there are kids that come with more readiness skills,” Johnson said. Those include the readiness to stand in line, wait for turns, answer promptly, stay on task.

The new system works to lay out clear expectations and address problems the children may have outside of school.

“The first thing is to identify school rules that every kid knows. You teach those rules. You post those rules,” said Mark Herbst, senior director of educational services for the district. “It doesn’t mean kids won’t use profanity or get in a fight, but (have) consistent expectations, so everyone’s talking the same language.”

If a child does not respond to simple correction, a staff member is assigned to check in regularly with the student as an informal mentor.

“Through the recession, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of social, emotional needs kids are coming in with, and at a younger age,” Herbst said.

The district has instituted positive reinforcements for good behavior, added mental health services and grief counseling and is instituting a system of restorative justice at five schools to better resolve student conflicts. “Beyond any punitive measures, there has to be reconciliation,” Herbst said. “There has to be conversation.”

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339. Follow her on Twitter @NanAustin.

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VIDEO: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Calls Bull$#@! On The FBI Mislabeling Of Oklahoma Beheading

Originally posted on Rat Nation:

Even the MSNBC moonbats aren’t buying it

When Joe Scarborough and the Morning Joe crew call BS on the way the FBI is characterizing a crime – workplace violence vs. terrorism – you know the government’s party line ain’t working.  Even these leftists are all for calling a spade a spade when the overwhelming public evidence is that an Islamic fanatic beheaded a women in an act of depraved terrorism.  Local news outlets reported far more details that the national outlets – and explicit details that shed considerable light on the crime.

As for his question how stupid does the FBI think we are?  It may not be so much that the FBI thinks we are stupid than they answer to someone who wants to make the influence of Islam in such crimes disappear.  For what reason?  Now THAT is a question that needs to be answered.

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ATTENTION all Korean and Vietnam War Veterans!

Originally posted on Voting American:

AMERICA‘S  GOT  TROUBLE

You fought bravely and sacrificed much to stop the expansion of Communism in South East Asia. How can it be that we find ourselves fighting it once more and this time, In Our Own Country!

How is it that we missed all the warning signs and ignored those who tried to warn us of what was happening in Our America?

 

Today we find ourselves in disbelief as Our Own President try’s to destroy our Country from within.

Make no mistake about it, much of this Senate and some in our Congress along with  Our President are confirmed Socialist/Marxists/COMMUNISTS bent on taking away our personal freedoms and liberties and turning this great nation into nothing more than a THIRD WORLD satellite of Communist China and Russia or both.  The hand writing is on the Wall for all who are willing to see and time…

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Central California Sunset: Thank You Wildfires

Might not be good for the lungs, but are great for the eyes!

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Parcel 5-B Westridge Ranch Montour ID – MLSID 98455615 by CAM JOHNSON

Parcel 5-B Westridge Ranch Montour ID – MLSID 98455615 by CAM JOHNSON.

This might be the new home port for The Conservative Hillbilly! Good by California!

Women Changing Their Minds On Obama

Originally posted on Rat Nation:

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Now they see the light

In the middle of all the 9-11 tributes and memorials yesterday, The Washington Post published a piece featuring the results of a Post-ABC poll this week.  Among the findings, many of the women who coalesced to elect Obama on the promise of hope and change are disillusioned:

  • “He’s been faced with a lot of challenges, and he’s lost his way,” [36 year-old Kimberly] Cole said in an interview. She worries that Obama lacks the resolve needed at a time when things at home and abroad are looking scarier.
  • “Honestly, I just feel that what I bought into is not what I’m getting,” said [Karlene]  Richardson, an author and motivational speaker who teaches health-care administration at a community college in Queens. “I’m starting to wonder whether the world takes us seriously.”
  • “I can’t blame it all on him,” she said, but added, “There was going to…

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Volcano Eruption Papua New Guinea

Don’t think I would be this close!

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