Letter to the editor: Discipline policy a failure

Posted 10/3/18

Discipline policy a failure I am a believer in teaching by example. A school district such as DCSD has a responsibility to help our kids learn responsible behavior by setting an example. …

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Letter to the editor: Discipline policy a failure

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Discipline policy a failure

I am a believer in teaching by example. A school district such as DCSD has a responsibility to help our kids learn responsible behavior by setting an example. Unfortunately, DCSD receives a failing grade in this regard.

In 2012, the governor signed into law HB12-1345 known as the “Disciplinary Measures in Public Schools.” This bill was designed to eliminate “zero tolerance” policies in Colorado Public schools and in doing so, it eliminated all “mandatory expulsions” with the exception of the possession or use of firearms.

The reason for this bill was to prevent the catastrophic effect of an expulsion on a child’s record, which DCSD will share with universities and colleges, prospective employers and others. An expulsion or suspension will stay on a child’s school record for life even though minor offenses are removed from any criminal records.

The Colorado state law changed but the DCSD policy did not. In fact, DCSD added yet another “mandatory expulsion” to their 2018 discipline policy.

DCSD now has a mandatory expulsion for drugs and alcohol, even though the State of Colorado has completely removed it from any state law that would require that as an expellable offense.

There are 26 ways, many vaguely worded by the district, that a child could be set up for failure.

Our Legislature and governor have set forth a fair and equitable discipline policy and DCSD has refused to follow it. Shame on them.

Steven Dishuck

Castle Rock

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