It’s time Duval County stopped wasting money on suspension centers.
I have never really liked the ideas of suspension centers. Not only are they in school suspension at alternate locations but it scrubs the stats as attendees aren’t counted as suspended, furthermore they have been made moot by the addition of dedicated in school suspension teachers at our middle and high schools.
There are two things we can do that would greatly improve discipline in our schools. First take the nearly million dollars we are prepared to spend on suspension centers and hire more social workers. We need to start address in the whole child if we want to have success with many. And yes I know there are social workers at the suspension centers but I also know 12 social workers would be better than 4.
Then we make ISSP mean something instead of the joke it is and always has been in many schools. Miss a day you stay in ISSP. Don’t finish your work or act up, you stay in ISSP. You don’t eat when the rest of the kids do and you get two bath room breaks one in the morning and one in the afternoon where all the kids go together and it doesn’t happen while other kids are in the halls. Then ramp up the days, instead of 1 day give them 5 instead of two give them 10. For a consequence to work it must be a consequence not just an opportunity to goof off with ones friends.
Come on Duval, this isn’t rocket science.
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