Kojo Explores FCPS Discipline Policies With McLean Community | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Kojo Explores FCPS Discipline Policies With McLean Community

Play associated audio
Tom Jacobi of Langley Photo and Digital and Jacque-Lynne Schulman of the McLean Historical Society help facilitate the conversation for "Kojo in Your Community" Tuesday night.
Matt Martinez
Tom Jacobi of Langley Photo and Digital and Jacque-Lynne Schulman of the McLean Historical Society help facilitate the conversation for "Kojo in Your Community" Tuesday night.

School board members Tina Hone and Janie Strauss shared the stage with Fairfax schools' superintendent Jack Dale, and attorney Bill Reichart, who specializes in helping families with children caught up in the county's discipline system.

Hone, an at-large board member who's been fighting for discipline reform for years, says Fairfax needs a discipline program that matches its reputation for high academic achievement.

"We are in a position to lead the nation on this...and instead of patting ourselves on the back for what we've done, let's pay attention to those kids for whom the process didn't work," she says.

Much of the discussion centered on "involuntary transfers" -- the practice of moving a student to another school within the district in hopes of changing bad behavior.

Critics say Fairfax overuses the tactic and doesn't fully understand the impact it can have on a child.

South Lakes High School principal Bruce Butler says involuntary transfer is sometimes the best option.

"Especially in an event where there's a victim. To leave the perpetrator in the building would be unfair to the victim and the other students in your school," Butler says.

Fairfax's school board is currently conducting a full review of its disciplinary process.

NPR

College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.
NPR

College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.
NPR

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
NPR

The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.