Joke? Nope. Take a read or listen to the news report from KRON TV.
Will this creep to Washington State? Based on his past actions and his being a self proclaimed “social warrior” State Superintendent Chris Reykdal probably loves the idea. Wait…during his 3 year tenure he has put new rules in place that make it dramatically harder to discipline students or suspend them. Instead, if there are issues and a student should be suspended, they are now placed in a special classroom. This way the school district still gets money; the district and state can say there are fewer suspensions and use that to tell the world how much better the Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) and PBIS programs are helping. It’s a perfect way to cook the books and alter the numbers. In the meantime nothing’s really changed but the public is duped into believing things are getting better. Don’t believe us? Here’s an article we ran in December 2016. Check your own district. https://swweducation.org?p=3525
Give this a read and then keep an eye on your local school district…
SACRAMENTO (KRON) — New laws taking effect in 2020 will impact schools across California.
Starting next school year, it will be illegal for public schools in the state to suspend students in first through fifth grade for willfully defying teachers or administrators.
Then, from 2021 through 2025, it will be temporarily extended to kids in grades six through eight.
Supporters say suspensions for willful defiance are disproportionately used against students of color.
Another new law — a mandatory change to school start times.
The law is set to be phased in over the next three years. High schools can start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., and no sooner than 8 a.m. for middle schoolers.
The controversial measure could be costly, state legislative analysts have said some schools may end up spending millions to accommodate the adjustment.
Limiting and banning smartphone use is at the center of another law affecting schools in 2020.
School boards will have the power to ban devices with the exception of emergencies or other special situations, such as medical reasons.
Supporters say smart phone use is linked to lower student performance and interferes with the educational mission of schools.