The Madison School District's behavior policy favors misbehaving and violent students over the good kids who want to learn.
As Alex Fralin, chief of schools for secondary education, made clear at La Follette High School, the district will not revert to exclusionary discipline policies that don't address the root of the problem.
Well, the root of the problem is obvious. It's dysfunctional and non-supportive families who don't deal with their children's behavior.
More fights, increasing classroom disruption and security breaches including one student caught carrying a handgun have plagued district high schools this year.
In the meantime, the good kids are subjected to a disorderly school environment not conducive to the best educational practices. Verbal and physical abuse of people is not tolerated anywhere else in our society and certainly shouldn't be tolerated in schools.
The administrators who created and support the failed restorative justice program should be held accountable. They are responsible for many students leaving the Madison schools for a safer and disciplined learning environment.
It disturbs me that my realtor friends tell me a lot of new families moving to the area are selecting homes in the suburbs -- specifically to avoid the chaotic Madison schools.
Chronically disruptive students come to school with the attitude, "Teach me, I dare you." They need their own alternative school to reform their behavior before it's too late.
Jerry Darda, Madison
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