- Parents complaining at board meetings
- Newspaper reports on teachers being injured in classrooms
- A weekly glass replacement bill reported to be in excess of $1,000
- Teachers being threatened DAILY
- Students being injured by their fellow students every single day
- Drugs being sold IN SCHOOL with virtually no repercussions
At what point does this go from being
perceived escalation of (negative) behaviors to
actually being acknowledged and addressed head-on?
The latest marketing piece generated by the district outlines all of the programs that are in place to help support students who are struggling on a social-emotional level. What the piece neglects to mention is the limited capacity of these programs. Most teachers, social workers and staff estimate that about 5% our students are in DESPERATE need of intensive social-emotional supports. In a district with 20,000 students, this equates to a need for at least 1,000 slots
Even estimating generously,
the district has fewer than 350 slots.
Far, far, far fewer than are needed.
What happens to those kids who are falling through the cracks?
Those are the kids that "Be the Change" wants to see supported. Those are the kids who are most at risk for THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE THAT NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN!
Only a concerted effort from the entire community will turn this problem around - parents, grandparents, mentors, teachers, social workers, counselors, churches, concerned adults. All of us working together. Redirecting funds from padded overhead fluff to the nitty-gritty hands-on service providers. Reassessing our priorities. Creating strong boundaries and high expectations.
Right now we are painting the walls
while the building is falling down all around us.
That doesn't make sense!
We cannot afford to wait any longer!
Parents, teachers and non-supervisory SCSD staff - contact this blog to learn how you can attend our rally on March 27th.
Come be part of the change you wish to see in the world.