Read the email:
"My biggest concern is that I teach in a school where a small percentage of students are allowed to derail learning because the school administration does not allow effective discipline for the trouble makers. For example, a student can be openly defiant to a teacher and is right back in the same class the same/next day. The trouble makers rights are more important than the overwhelming majority of pupils who are trying to learn.
The administration's goal seems to be to "keep all kids in school" so that: (1) no money is lost; (2) no problems with misbehaving students' parents arise; and (3) suspension/expulsion numbers are down making the school administrators "look good." This has a devastating effect upon preparation for the "all important" test scores. It also hurts the teacher retention rate at our school.
Students who are trying to learn are frustrated because, as they say, nothing ever gets done to the trouble makers. Several years ago we had one of those LAUSD "Red Teams" come to Carnegie to evaluate our "failing situation." The team came to the same conclusion that more needs to be done regarding discipline issues. It also stated that teacher morale was very low and more needed to be done to support the teaching staff. This is my <Removed> year at this school and very little has changed.
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