The Trump administration cut lax disciplinary rules, Friday, that Obama put into place to “ease racial disparities by discouraging student punishment”. It was just another failed move from the Obama’s considering it removed the ability of the teachers to punish student’s bad behavior.
Officials from the Education and Justice departments finalized the rollback Friday, just days after it was proposed by a federal panel on school safety. President Donald Trump formed the panel in March as the government’s response to the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
In revoking the rule, federal officials said they won’t intervene with schools’ disciplinary decisions as long as they don’t violate federal discrimination laws, according to AP.
“Our decision to rescind that guidance today makes it clear that discipline is a matter on which classroom teachers and local school leaders deserve and need autonomy,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who also led the safety panel. “I would encourage them to continue to implement discipline reforms that they believe will foster improved outcomes for their students.”
The Obama administration 2014 policy aimed to address racial disparities in student punishment as where “black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students,” the Department of Education’s website said. The policy wanted school officials to take “restorative” measures that did not take kids out of class and reporting to police should be the final resort, The Daily Caller reported.
The relaxed policy, however, could have contributed to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, WSJ reported. School authorities reportedly knew the suspected gunman had behavior problems, including drinking gasoline and possessing a firearm he intended to use.
So breath a little easier teachers as you regain some authority.
This is the type of action that needs to be taken to make schools safe again. Maybe now the “see something say something” mentality will return since people won’t be as afraid to speak up.