The Negative and Discriminatory Impact of Zero-Tolerance and Exclusionary Discipline Policies

Research shows that discriminatory discipline practices have a huge negative impact on students of color, students with disabilities, and other historically underserved students.

These practices often take shape as a result of zero-tolerance policies that apply strong punishments for particular infractions—including removing students from the classroom or school via suspensions and expulsions.

Most parents are not aware this is what’s happening until their child is already labeled a “problem child” and in his way to an alternative school for simply not sitting in his chair or completing an assignment.

Many districts and schools apply these policies to nonviolent and more subjective offenses, such as “willful defiance,” talking in class, tardiness, or truancy. Research shows that these policies result in negative consequences for student academic achievement, attainment, and welfare.

These policies are not only ineffective but also often applied in a discriminatory manner. Data provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection demonstrate that students of color and students with disabilities, among other historically underserved students, are disproportionately suspended and expelled compared with their White and nondisabled peers.

This was a key concern that the Obama administration discipline guidance was intended to address. Nevertheless, on December 21, 2018, the Trump administration rescinded this guidance and all supporting resources.

We cannot afford to sit back and do nothing.

Today’s students are our future senators, congressmen, presidents and leaders.

Effective Discipline Policies and Practices Designed to End Discrimination include:

  • Replacing zero-tolerance policies and the use of suspensions and expulsions for low-level offenses with strategies that teach social-emotional skills.
  • Providing targeted support for educators.
  • Eliminating disproportionate rates in student discipline through extensive trainings
  • Creating relationship-centered schools that support strong family and community engagement.

It can be and should be done! When did money become more important than humans or our future generation?

“Texas Loses $33.3 Million in Future IDEA Funding”

TEXAS RESIDENTS/PARENTS

It’s official.

Texas will lose $33.3 million in future IDEA funding as a result of their reducing state financial support for students with disabilities back in 2012.

Sadly, it is our children who will ultimately pay the price for their actions.

According to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas’s “weighted student model contravenes the plain meaning of the MFS provision by allowing a state to reduce its special education funding based on its unsupported claim that the needs of its disabled students have declined.”

“In fiscal year 2012, Texas made available roughly $33.3 million less for special education and related services than it did during fiscal year 2011.Accordingly, the Department of Education issued a proposed determination that Texas was ineligible for $33.3 million of future grants because of the short- fall in both aggregate and per capita state funding.”

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/18/18-…

Texas is ranked #50 in special education!!! SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THAT!!

Don’t believe me? Research!

Soooooo Sad!

This is not where you want to be if you need ANY resources!!!😡🤬😡🤬🤯🤯🤯

#KnowledgeIsKey

http://www.justice4one.com

Exclusive: Local District sends Disabled Students to School Known for Abuse

It has been sometime since I have blogged but our story never ends. At a time where I have to decide on what school district to trust with my boys, I and reminded today of the reason public school is not an option.

Once again, students are suppose to feel safe at school with teachers. However, students with disabilities are abused daily and sent home to parents who’s have no idea what is happening.

http://www.fox26houston.com/news/exclusive-disabled-students-allege-physical-abuse-at-hced-campuses

As a parent whose children were restrained over 37 times and sent home with bruises, where do I enroll my children? Where are my children safe? What government entity really cares?

Because we can not get any help from the great entities that are SUPPOSE TO PROTECT civil rights, ACLU, DISABILITY RIGHTS OF TEXAS, NAACP ECT…we will continue to speak out publicly I shed some sort of light on this issue.

America is fighting for immigrants and I support that cause, however what about our children in the United States?

Feel free to comment or leave suggestions.

“Texas School Shooting…Closer to Home”

Once again…but closer to home.

We have to pay attention and find out the “WHY” behind the action!

Being a mother of an 8yr old who was restrained and placed in isolation on Houston, I know the mind set of a child who has been broken and bullied by school staff and other students.

The emotions behind this treatment causes our children young and old to live in survivor mode.

When our school administration ignores the feelings of these students by not addressing what happened…this is what we get…another school shooting.

I know this may not get much love or likes, but we have to take into consideration there is a reason for the madness.

Yes there may be some mental illness but what caused the mental illness or the negative emotions toward the school or students?

I have learned Texas is a state based on money and politics!

There has to be a stand for the accountability of the school staff and students! 

Feds Release New Stats on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools”

While checking my emails today I am shocked to see an email referencing Restraint and Seclusion in our school systems. Not because it’s happening so often but because the question is, “when will it stop”?

We now have a second investigation on our behalf with the United States Civil Rights Office. This time because of the harassment, the bullying and the retaliation from the entire school district.

Now, one would think that’s awesome…and it would be if we knew it would lead to at least accountability. However, that can not be confirmed. Even thought this is the second investigation in one year, we have yet to gain the support of any entity.

We are just left broken and having pool up the pieces of our lives while school staff moves on with life. Restrained 39 times in two days, left with bruises, broken mentally….

HOW MUCH MORE?

“In a Child’s Voice”

As I struggle to not walk away…my son begins to remember the way he felt after being restrained in a “quiet room” at school.

I am reminded, he has a voice and a story…he wants to tell and should be heard.

It has been a while since I have blogged and I have no words as to why except I have been in prayer. We are under extreme scrutiny and that is okay. But this is our life after restraints.

“This is my sons story in his own words”

“Preventing School Violence by Starting with School Counselors”

In the weeks following yet another mass school shooting so many parents wonder why is this happening and what can they do to prevent it. Let me express one way beginning with the school counselors at our children’s schools.
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School counselors’ role is supposedly to improve your child’s academic success, career development and personal/social health. (ASCA 2016). Part of this should include helping children overcome issues that affect academics and overall wellness. Therefore counselors have an obligation to build positive relationships and rapport with ALL children in the school. Each student should trust their counselor enough to talk to him/her, which puts an adult in a position to stop violent behaviors and/or intervene in anyway possible.

Unfortunately, the role of school counselors have changed.

They are not available to counsel children because of the non-counselor duties they are given, which means they are not building relationships with the students nor any form of positive rapport. Instead they are completing state paperwork, assessments and other clerical duties.

As an advocate for my two adopted sons I recently filed a state complaint against the school counselor at our local school, for her participation in using restraints and isolation as a form of discipline for my son. The role of the school counselor are clear with the ASCA ( American School Counselor Association). School Counselors should advocate for students and NOT PARTICIPATE in any form of discipline.

What Can Parents Do?

  1. Inquire about the time your school counselor spend with the students and advocate for time to be spent with them.
  2. Contact the administrators and school board members and request the administrative duties be completed by non-counseling staff.
  3. Advocate for counselors to implement the ASCA’s “Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program”.

As a society we have to try whatever we feel will work to prevent another school shooting.As parents we can start at the counselors level by demanding students have a trusted adult to talk to and can possibly stop any future violent behaviors.

“Happy Birthday Alton!”

Happy Birthday to our lil man Alton!

This year he turns 8 years old and I have to say this has to be one of the most special ones yet. We had no idea we would have a year full of trauma and turmoil but God has guided us through to this point.

So I want to thank God for a special package he gave to me 8 years ago…without a doubt or question we stepped in Help his mom and dad. And our lives have not been the same since. I know so many parents say that but I speak the truth.

As we celebrate today, I want you all to know what Alton wants for his birthday.

He wants no more racism. Being a survivor of trauma, fighting everyday to gain his life back, Alton expresses we should love each other!

We came together as a family to keep our family together. And as we realize this world is full of more hate and racism and discrimination, we feel a need to speak up and make a difference. Our battle with our school district is much bigger than us and we know it.

But today we will celebrate this little ones special day! We love you Alton!

“THE RIGHT TO PROTEST…ACLU”

THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

The right to protest is a long-standing protection afforded by the U.S. and Texas constitutions. This right is contained both in the freedom of speech and in the freedom to assemble, which protect not only the ability to verbalize protests and engage in symbolic speech such as wearing an armband, but to arrange peaceful marches and protests on certain public lands.

These rights are not unconditional. Because the government has an interest in maintaining peace and public order, it may restrict some protest activities in certain ways.

This Know Your Rights fact sheet is intended for people who want to exercise their right to protest in order to help understand the status of the current law on this topic. However, this sheet does not cover every nuance of the law surrounding protest rights and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, consult an attorney or the ACLU of Texas.

LAWS

The right to protest is protected by both the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

The Texas Constitution, in Article I, sections 8 and 27 protects the “liberty to speak, write or publish … opinions on any subject,” and “the right … to assemble.

YOUR RIGHTS IN GENERAL

These provisions protect your right to march, leaflet, parade, picket, circulate petitions and ask for signatures, and other forms of peaceful protest. You have the right to express your views in these ways regardless of how unpopular or controversial they may be.

Although these rights are afforded strong protection, how the rights are exercised may be regulated.

IF YOUR RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED (ACLU)

If you believe that you are being denied your right to protest, visit our legal program page to submit a complaint.

https://www.aclutx.org/en/know-your-rights/freedom-of-speech-right-to-PROTEST

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