Once upon a time, NYC students who wore inappropriate clothing, used profanity, pushed others or talked back to their teachers could immediately be booted from class. But those days of quality discipline have officially come to an end, all thanks to NYC Mayor Comrade Bill de Blasio, reports the New York Post:
Principals will have to get permission from the Department of Education run by Chancellor Carmen Fariña before kicking out kids who talk back to teachers.
Superintendents’ suspensions for “minor physical altercations” are being eliminated entirely.
Cops and school safety officers will need a supervisor’s permission to handcuff a kid under 12, except in emergency situations.
And in a pilot project at five Bronx schools, disruptive kids will get “warning cards” instead of summonses returnable in court.
These changes were announced by de Blasio’s administration last Friday, though it should be noted that they won’t go into effect until “after a public hearing on March 2.” These reforms were prompted by concerns over the fact that “89 percent of suspensions are handed out to black and Hispanic students, even though they comprise only 70 percent of the system.”
According to the New York Times, the trend of allegedly “strict” discipline began during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure:
[His] administration encouraged strict enforcement of the discipline code, even for minor infractions, and the most dangerous schools were filled with police personnel. Mayor Bloomberg also shut down the city’s largest, most troubled schools, and during his time in office, the number of incidents in schools plummeted.
Not surprisingly, de Blasio wants to undo all this, because bending over to racial grievance mongers makes more sense than advocating for a “stable, predictable learning environment.” The irony is that de Blasio is only going to end up hurting those minorities who ARE behaving themselves – and who according to Bob McManus outnumber the trouble-makers by a long shot:
There are 1.1 million children enrolled in the city’s public schools. Yes, 54,000 disciplinary suspensions seems like a lot, but they represent fewer than 5 percent of the system’s pupils (not accounting for recidivists).
. . . If 56,000 New York City pupils were suspended for disruptive behavior in 2013, it means that 1.044 million others were not.
And 75 percent of those who behaved themselves were black or Hispanic.
So why must they suffer chaotic classrooms because the de Blasio administration lacks the will to confront the disruptors? Why must anybody?
The amazing thing is that civil rights advocates are only somewhat pleased. They want to introduce “a team of educators, parents, police and city officials” to help push for more changes.
Here’s a thought: How about introducing the parents of unruly children to a parenting class!?
Story Lead via [Hannity]