“If you take away a disciplinary tool from teachers, it must be replaced with another equally or more effective tool,” TCTA Director of Governmental Relations Lonnie Hollingsworth, Jr., told members of the Senate Education and Criminal Justice committees during a joint hearing on school discipline issues held Oct. 30, 2012.

Hollingsworth testified that a significant percentage of teachers who leave the profession cite working conditions as the reason. Lack of discipline or administrative support in attempting to address disciplinary problems were among the top problematic working conditions.

TCTA's testimony also:

  • recommended that each campus be required to designate someone other than a teacher as the campus disciplinary officer so that teachers can focus on teaching and refer students who are disrupting the learning environment to an administrator
  • expressed concern that serious offenses, such as disorderly conduct or assault, should remain subject to penalties through the criminal justice system
  • urged the committees not to change the provisions of Chapter 37 that empower teachers to remove seriously disruptive students from class or to restrict the authority of districts to remove students to disciplinary alternative education programs
  • suggested that some way be found to get the attention of the parents or guardians of students who disrupt the learning environment to the point that it is no longer conducive to teaching

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