House Bill 411 by Representative Hughes seeks to revamp school discipline procedures. While we can all support sensible, transparent and progressive discipline practices, we need to ensure that students have a safe space to learn and educators have the respect and support they need to be effective.
As it currently stands, this bill contains language that would take away the authority of teachers to maintain a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to learning for other students. It also removes the right of the teacher to communicate with the parent in understanding and addressing the cause of the disorderly behavior of the student.
No one wants to see students unfairly penalized, but we must ensure that the health and safety of teachers, school employees, and their students will be paramount.