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 Nevertheless, on December 21, 2018, the Trump administration rescinded this guidance and all supporting resources.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

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”

“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

“Mother Charged for Sending Recording to School with Her Daughter…Know your Rights”

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I was made aware of this story yesterday and I can do nothing but shake my head only because I am dealing with something similar in this battle with our school district and bullying.

Recently I had an informal meeting with my son’s school principal to voice my concerns of him being bullied consistently and nothing had been done yet. I sent an email to the district as well reminding them of the federal anti bullying laws and requested the districts rules and policies on bullying.

When speaking to the principal she was defending the students who were bullying my son, saying, “What he calls bullying is his peers not wanting to play with him, because he says bad words to them. And I reward them for ignoring him”.

I listened and let her carry on but ended the conversation reiterating something needs to be done, because this is a daily occurrence now. It was only a few days later that i received an investigation report from the principal via email where she documented in writing and quoted by me, “she (Me) agrees his peers should ignore him”.

Now, I have to say it took everything in me not to loose it. A principal of a school is documenting a LIE and quoting it as my words? 

What she did not anticipate is, I voice recorded the entire conversation she and had. Now, when informed her of this piece of information she became furious. She accused me of breaking the law and it was illegal. KNOW YOUR LAWS AND RIGHTS.

First, I had to explain to the principal, I will not do anything that is illegal against you or the district. Second, it is not against the law, ask your attorney.

“Texas’s wiretapping law is a “one-party consent” law. Texas makes it a crime to intercept or record any “wire, oral, or electronic communication” unless one party to the conversation consents. Texas Penal Code § 16.02. Therefore, if you operate in Texas, you may record a conversation or phone call if you are a party to the conversation or you get permission from one party to the conversation in advance. That said, if you intend to record conversations involving people located in more than one state, you should play it safe and get the consent of all parties.”

One thing this mother said is, “it isn’t fair. Nothing about it is fair.”

School is suppose to be a safe place for our children. When did we have to fight the adult staff to prove a student is in fact bullying? As serious as this is? I ask again, Who cares about our children?

My fight continues to have the truth documented.

Follow our story and more at

www.justice4one.com 

This article is based on my right to free speech, and is based on information from the public.

“The Fight Conitues…Alton’s Story”

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“In educational settings that support climates of safety, adults and students respect each other. A safe school environment offers positive personal role models in its faculty. It provides a place for open discussion where diversity and differences are respected; communication between adults and students is encouraged and supported; and conflict is managed and mediated constructively.

Cultures and climates of safety support environments in which teachers and administrators pay attention to students’ social and emotional needs as well as their academic needs. Such environments emphasize “emotional intelligence,” as well as educational or intellectual pursuits. Students experience a sense of emotional “fit” and of respect within the school body, and may be less likely to engage in or be victimized by harmful behavior.

A culture of safety creates “shame free zones” in which daily teasing and bullying is not accepted as a normal part of the adolescent culture.9 School environments characterized by bullying and meanness can lead to student isolation and fear. At best, school environments that turn a blind eye to bullying and teasing inhibit the work of school–learning and growth. At the worst, such environments allow behavior that fosters fear and fury that stunts the healthy development of the victims of that behavior, and may lead to psychological and physical violence.”

Just a little of what I read from

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates 

Department of Education (ED) and Secret Service, 2002

Yet I find myself battling now with this school district about bullying and creating a hostile environment among the students. Totally insane, but we have filed complaints and waiting on our attorney to move forward. I am so speechless no words could ever explain the disbelief.

All I can stand on is the truth and what is right. We stay in constant t prayer for this warfare against what we know is the root of all evil, money. That is what it all boils down to.

Because of the “worth” of this school district no one wants to go up against them. Not one government entity that represents civil rights for our students want to represent my son(s) who has endured obvious abuse while trying to get an education.

Although the school district, who we have been nice and not exposed their name continuously, continues to retaliate on social media and other obvious outlets…my son still wants to tell his story and I feel he is entitled to do so.

Please share and keep his story alive.

Everyday, he tells of the bullying, Restraint and Quiet Room and why the school was wrong. They do not deserve to carry on with their lives while he fights to gain his back because of their wrongdoing.

This article is based on my right to free speech, and is based on information from the public.

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