By Jon Dougherty
In yet another indication that Left-wing Democrats have completely lost their minds — or really are hell-bent on turning our country into a lawless wasteland – the California Senate just voted to ban primary schools from suspending students who show “willful defiance” of teachers and administrators.
If that isn’t a recipe for disaster, there is no such thing.
As reported by CBS Sacramento:
The California State Senate voted to ban schools and principals from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators.
The Senate approved SB 419 Monday by a vote of 30-8. It moves to the Assembly next.
A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last legislative session.
Under the new version (Senate Bill 419), students in grades 4-8 wouldn’t be suspended for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff. The bill would also ban schools from suspending students in grades 9-12 for the same thing until January 1, 2025. The law would apply to both public and charter schools.
As crazy Left-wing as Jerry Brown is, it surprises us that he would veto this legislation. Be that as it may, we’ll chalk that up to wonders never ceasing. In vetoing the bill, Brown wrote: “Teachers and principals are on the front lines educating our children and are in the best position to make decisions about order and discipline in the classroom. That’s why I vetoed a similar bill in 2012. In addition, I just approved $15 million in the 2018 Budget Act to help local schools improve their disciplinary practices. Let’s give educators a chance to invest that money wisely before issuing any further directives from the state.”
But what is truly amazing is that this current bill actually builds on existing law, according to the local CBS affiliate. Also, the new law appears to establish giant contradictions and loopholes that parents (and lawyers!) will use to justify student disruption in class, at least to a certain level:
Existing law already prohibits schools from suspending children in grades K-3 for disrupting or willful defiance. Existing law also prevents schools from recommending the expulsion of students in all grades for disrupting or willful defiance.
Students could still be suspended or expelled for other acts, including threatening violence, bringing a weapon or drugs to school, or damaging school property. Teachers could also still be allowed to “suspend pupils from class for the day and the following day who disrupt school activities or otherwise willfully defied valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.”
What is “valid authority?” What constitutes actionable disruption of “performance of duties?” When does “disruptive behavior” rise to the level of “threatening violence?”
And the million-dollar question — what’s really driving this legislation which will turn classrooms into ‘no education zones’?
Why, racism, of course:
In the 2015-16 school year, 96,421 students suspended for willful defiance – a decrease of nearly 30,000 from 2014-15 school year. Willful defiance suspensions accounted for 24% of total suspensions statewide that school year. Willful defiance suspensions made up 20% of all suspensions in the 2016-17 school year, and 14% in the 2017-18 school year.
African-American students made up 5.6% of enrollment in California schools in 2017-18, but accounted for 15.6% of willful defiance suspensions. Conversely, white students made up 23.2% of statewide enrollment but made up only 20.2% of willful defiance suspensions.
It couldn’t be that black students are just more prone to act out or challenge authority as a cultural thing, oh no. It’s got to be racism, so it becomes necessary to enact laws that prohibit teachers from ‘racist’ school suspensions.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to get California teachers alone in a room where they could talk freely and ask them about ‘average classroom behavior’ and who among the student body is more regularly abusive, disruptive, and prone to challenge authority?
Because there are only two possibilities here: California teachers, by and large, really are a gaggle of racists — or black students really do act out more.
In any event, if this idiotic piece of legislation becomes law, classrooms in California are going to turn into free-for-alls where the ‘stronger’ personalities will walk all over teachers and destroy any semblance of order necessary to create an acceptable learning environment.
Worse, these Left-wing ideas spread from California to other blue states, so stay tuned: More classroom lawlessness will be spreading to a blue state near you.
No wonder an increasing number of American students can’t cope, don’t know anything and are unprepared for society when they graduate.
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