NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline Code’ To Ease Penalties For Smoking, Cursing, Cutting Class

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Students may be catching a break if they misbehave in school. The rules surrounding suspensions in New York City schools are changing.

The changes to the discipline code should result in far fewer suspensions, CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday.

“Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.
( NYC Public Schools Change ‘Discipline )

What will be different? Well, for starters Walcott said cutting class and cursing will no longer be grounds for suspension.

Neither will smoking, something that left a few parents bewildered.

“If they’re caught on premises that can cause a fire,” Upper West Side resident Gwen Baez said. “I think they should keep suspending for that because the kids need know there is right, wrong and there are consequences.”
( Billy’s thoughts – I believe discipline is needed in the schools but I also believe punishments need to be creative. The answer is not always to kick the kids out of school and give them a day or two off. I also believe until faith and values are welcome back in the schools we will keep seeing bad behavior rise. )

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