16 Feb 2015

NYC’s New Rules About Disciplining Unruly Students are INSANE

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing his efforts to turn the Big Apple into a demented version of Alice’s Wonderland. First, there was his effort to demonize the police following the death of career criminal Eric Garner – who, contrary to breathless news reports, was not asphyxiated to death.
And now, there is an effort to demonize teachers attempting to retain a sense of order and dignity in the city’s malfunctioning public schools.
The New York Post is reporting that the de Blasio regime has pushed through a major overhaul of the disciplinary code used in the public schools.
Going forward, students that use foul language, wear inappropriate clothing or display blatant acts of insubordination to teachers and school officials will no longer be subject to automatic suspension.

Indeed, school principals will need to get permission from the New York City Department of Education, run by de Blasio stooge Carmen Fariña, before any unruly student can be suspended for insulting or harassing teachers.

And even the beleaguered cops that are assigned to school neighborhoods are being dragged into this travesty – if a child under 12 becomes unruly, they cannot handcuff the youth without first getting the permission of a supervisor.
In five Bronx schools, a pilot program is in place for disruptive kids will get soccer-style “warning cards” rather than a summons to appear in court. 
One might imagine why de Blasio is so fixated on this situation – from January to June 2014, his first six months in office, the number of school suspensions were down by 4,000 compared to the same period in 2013.
However, 89 percent of the suspensions went to African American and Hispanic students, a combined demographic bloc that makes up 70 percent of the total student body, and de Blasio obviously believed that the system was picking on these nonwhite youths.
“No parent should have to choose between a school that’s safe for their child and a school where every student is treated fairly,” he said.

Needless to say, the principals’ union is not giving the mayor an A when it comes to brainpower.

“When it comes to what, if any, consequences are in the best interests of a student, the principal is best positioned to make that call,” said Mark Cannizzaro, vice president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.

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