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...
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 suspended for...
April 19, 2013 |
The Fairfax County School Board has officially approved veteran Texan educator Karen Garza to be the next superintendent, and Garza flew in to accept the new role in person. Board members had voted last week to offer Garza the job , but Thursday's unanimous decision made it official. "I am very excited to have Dr. Garza as our next superintendent," said board Chairman Ilryong Moon (At Large). "It's not just her experience and the things she has been able to achieve in various school...
October 17, 2011 |
GREENVILLE, N.C. Steve Teske doesn't hold back. He's a Southern judge, with the boom and flair of a preacher, who has risen to national prominence arguing that too many students get arrested or kicked out of school for minor trouble. "Zero tolerance is zero intelligence," he likes to say. His plea for common sense follows two decades of increased police presence at schools across the country, including in the Washington region, and coincides with a growing concern...