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 Nevertheless, on December 21, 2018, the Trump administration rescinded this guidance and all supporting resources.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?

CBD -vs- Prescription Meds

From a symptom management perspective, there are several ways that cannabis may help with trauma.

Cannabis-based medicines have proved to

  • drastically reduce some types of seizures, and compounds like non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD) also
  • have demonstrated potent antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects in preclinical experiments.

The cannabis plant is also being considered as a safe and effective alternative to opioid painkillers, which are associated with high overdose rates and come with a variety of difficult side effects, including constipation and low sex drive.

Endocannabinoids are like the body’s own cannabis.

They are molecules that the body produces naturally, and cells in the nervous and immune systems use them to communicate.

One primary component in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD), works by increasing levels of the body’s own endocannabinoids. Meanwhile, THC, the compound responsible for the classic cannabis “high” works by taking the place of natural endocannabinoids in the body.

I am writing about this because I have had my prescrideb PROZAC at age 8 years old! And because of the violent mood swings, suiciadal thoughts and actions have chosen to keep him completely off prescribed medication.

When researching I am learning more and more CBD and homeopathy (holistic) treatment may be a better option.

Please feel free to comment or give your experiences. At this time we will start homeopathy and go from there.

To me? All natural is better than meds that will change the way the brain functions! I have witnessed a child be medicated and just like my son after trauma from restraints, that child is totally different. One of the meds prescribed damaged him forever!

It’s not worth trying any medications on the market.

“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.

Study offers clues about eye avoidance in ASD

This artilce also appeared in the 2017, volume 3 issue of ARI’s Autism Research Review International newsletter.

New research indicates that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) avoid eye contact not because they lack interest in interacting socially, but because making eye contact causes them to experience unpleasant arousal in the brain’s subcortical system.

Nouchine Hadjikhani and colleagues enrolled 23 individuals with ASD and 20 controls in their study, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain responses. The researchers asked participants to view faces under two conditions. In the first condition they viewed the faces freely, while in the second condition they were asked to look at a cross located in the eye region of each face.

The researchers found that the two groups responded similarly during free viewing. However, participants with ASD exhibited over-activation of the face processing components of the subcortical system when they focused on the eye area.

The researchers say that constraining gaze to the eyes had the greatest effect on the amygdala in the group with ASD. The difference between the group with ASD and the controls was strongest for fearful faces, but also occurred when participants viewed happy faces. The researchers say, “This shows that the subcortical system in ASD over-reacts not only to threat-related stimuli, but also to stimuli that should be considered as positively engaging and socially rewarding.”

Hadjikhani says, “The findings demonstrate that, contrary to what has been thought, the apparent lack of interpersonal interest among people with autism is not due to a lack of concern. Rather, our results show that this behavior is a way to decrease an unpleasant excessive arousal stemming from overactivation in a particular part of the brain.”

Based on the study’s findings, Hadjikhani says that forcing individuals with autism to focus on other people’s eyes may be misguided. Instead, she says, “An approach involving slow habituation to eye contact may help them overcome this overreaction and be able to handle eye contact in the long run, thereby avoiding the cascading effects that this eye-avoidance has on the development of the social brain.”

“Look me in the eyes: constraining gaze in the eye-region provokes abnormally high subcortical activation in autism,” Nouchine Hadjikhani , Jakob Åsberg Johnels, Nicole R. Zürcher, Amandine Lassalle, Quentin Guillon, Loyse Hippolyte, Eva Billstedt, Noreen Ward, Eric Lemonnier, and Christopher Gillberg, Nature Scientific Reports, June 9, 2017 (free online). Address: Nouchine Hadjikhani, nouchine@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu.

—and—

“Mass. General researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact,” news release, Massachusetts General Hospital, June 15, 2017.

**Refrenced from Autism Research Institue**

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?

“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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