The district moved to ban suspensions amid
national concernmedia hype and pressure from rabble-rousing community organizers especially the one in the White House that they imperil academic achievement and disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans.
(Fixed it for them. )
Bureaucrats are calling it a huge success because it prevents disruptive students from being taken out of the classroom. Teachers call it a failure because it prevents disruptive students from being taken out of the classroom.
In a South Los Angeles classroom, a boy hassles a girl. The teacher moves him to the back of the room, where he scowls, makes a paper airplane and repeatedly throws it against the wall. Two other boys wander around the class and then nearly come to blows.
The teacher steps between them. When she tries to regain order, another boy tells her: “Screw you.” It’s another day of disruption on this campus in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The statistics show the program is a “success” because suspensions for minorities are way, way down. As for how much class disruption and threats against teachers have increased… they don’t keep statistics on that.
The shift has brought dramatic changes: Suspensions districtwide plummeted to 0.55% last school year compared with 8% in 2007-08, and days lost to suspension also plunged, to 5,024 from 75,000 during that same period, according to the most recent data.
And of course the teacher’s unions, also being run by radical left community organizers, support the anti-discipline policies and claim the issue is (of course) a need for more funding. They say the program will work once the districts hires a few hundred more “restorative justice counselors” (all of whom will be dues-paying members of the Teachers’ Union, of course).
At least when these kids leave school with no worthwhile education, they don’t have to worry about going to jail. California’s radical left took care of that, too. They passed a law (Proposition 47) that said “nonviolent and nonserious offenders” shouldn’t be sent to prison anymore, but should just be politely requested to stop stealing, vandalizing, and drug dealing. Criminals took note.
Semisi Sina has kept sheriff’s deputies busy in the last year.
The 30-year-old has stolen bicycles from his Hacienda Heights neighborhood. He has skipped out on drug treatment and kept up his meth habit.
He has racked up 16 arrests, earning himself a place near the top of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s list of repeat offenders picked up for theft or drug use. And he says a new law has made it easier for him to commit crimes.
“Now, you can get away with it because of Proposition 47,” Sina said recently in an interview at his parents’ home.
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Sina said he rejoiced when he first heard about Proposition 47. He said he didn’t start stealing bicycles until the proposition raised the threshold for a felony theft to $950.
“Proposition 47, it’s cool,” Sina said. “Like for me, I can go do a [commercial] burglary and know that if it’s not over $900, they’ll just give me a ticket and let me go.”
Of course, the leftists who pass this law have little to fear from criminals because their gated communities are protected by private security. If you can’t afford to live in a secure gated community or to send your kid to a private school that still enforces discipline standards…. well, sucks to be you.