April 5, 2011 |
The Fairfax County school system would seek to cut in half the number of days that students are out of school awaiting decisions in their discipline cases, according to an expanded proposal to revamp policies that was presented to the School Board on Monday. The new standard, presented by Superintendent Jack D. Dale at the board's second session on discipline issues, would reduce waits from an average of 20 school days to 10 or fewer for initial decisions. The current 20-day waits are "too long," Dale said.
April 1, 2011
It is openly conceded that the student discipline process within the Fairfax County Public Schools needs an overhaul. Last week, District Superintendent Jack D. Dale presented several proposals for reform . His plan includes speeding up the process, recording hearings , providing better support during suspensions, giving more options to school principals, developing better data collection and analysis, and reinforcing staff training. If implemented fully, these steps would be a good start.
March 31, 2011
In the aftermath of suicides by two students caught up in the Fairfax County schools disciplinary system, School Superintendent Jack D. Dale this week announced changes to district policies that include efforts to speed up the process [" Fairfax proposes changes to discipline ," front page, March 31]. But it is not how fast the school takes action on students' misbehavior that matters. It is how effective the school is in helping students realize the wrong they've done, who was hurt by the wrong, how they...
January 2, 2012
Regarding the Dec. 29 front-page news story "Wide gaps in school discipline" on the disparities between the rate of suspensions of African American and white students across the region: There is another gap that needs to be narrowed and that could go a long way toward eliminating any gap in suspensions and other educational outcomes along race, income or other lines. In my 34 years in public education, I have observed that students who were well connected to their schools typically behave better than those who come to...
June 1, 2011 |
Nearly two decades after a zero-tolerance culture took hold in American schools, a growing number of educators and elected leaders are scaling back discipline policies that led to lengthy suspensions and ousters for such mistakes as carrying toy guns or Advil. This rethinking has come in North Carolina and Denver, in Baltimore and Los Angeles — part of a phenomenon driven by high suspension rates, community pressure, legal action and research findings. In the Washington region, Fairfax County is considering policy...
February 17, 2013 |
An 8-year-old boy in Prince William County pointed his finger like a gun in a school hallway after a friend pretended to shoot him with a bow and arrow. The class had been studying Native American culture and had just learned a deer-hunting song. "It was playing — it was cowboys and Indians," said the second-grader's father. The imaginary crossfire on Feb. 8 produced real-life fallout two months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The boy was...