To the Editor:
Re: KISD discipline system
The May 6, 2013, article on KISD discipline reminded me of my zero-tolerance discipline policy as a public school principal.
When you entered my school, you saw 10 zero-tolerance rules posted next to the welcome sign. Consequences for breaking the rules did not include removal from the school campus.
When a student enrolled in my school, they were mine. I assured all parents that my commitment to their children was firm.
I was questioned by assistant superintendents who were my supervisors, but the fact remained that the students were mine. They were not going any place but their assigned school, and I was supported by parents for keeping my promise to educate their children.
As a result, I received a visit and follow-up letter of commendation from Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening. (He has a doctorate in education.) In the letter he stated that he considered my school to be “a model for schools across Maryland.”
In KISD, we need more commitment to students by staff and administration. I believe that the instant you give up your power to control a student, the student remains out of your control.
Have the members of the staff and administration in KISD taken an oath of commitment to establish a fiduciary relationship with each child they are charged to educate? Without such a commitment, the staff and administration, not the child, have failed to succeed.
My heart aches for every child I see in our community wearing the black and white uniform of the alternative schools. How sad. This uniform is one of shame that should be worn by every educator who failed these students.
Claudia L. Brown, Ph.D.