Student Discipline, School Choice, and Charter School Flexibility


Student Discipline, School Choice, and Charter School Flexibility

NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond comments on Sarah Carr’s piece  in The Atlantic on discipline in New Orleans’ charter schools over at Education Post:

…Carr’s article does an excellent job of describing how school leaders, parents, students and communities are re-thinking how the implementation of high behavioral expectations happen on a day-to-day basis.

Many of them come to appreciate the intense structure, but only if they also come to trust the mostly young educators who enforce it. As school leaders in New Orleans are discovering, forging that trust is far harder than teaching someone to say thank you and toe an orange line.

And importantly, it appears that part of that re-thinking is reducing the number of kids who are suspended and expelled—demonstrating that it’s possible to embrace “no excuses” and “strict discipline” without removing a lot of students from school as many effective schools have done for decades…

Read the whole thing here.