Milwaukee, St. Paul and other pro-Obama cities admit they’ve gone too soft on misbehaving students and have lost control of classrooms. Now they’re rethinking the president’s national anti-discipline strategy.
St. Paul, Minn., public schools are dealing with escalating classroom chaos after adopting minority-friendly discipline policies that the Obama Education Department pushed to close so-called “racial disparities” in suspensions and expulsions.
High-school kids are bringing loaded guns to class now to protect themselves from gang fights breaking out on a daily basis because teachers can no longer kick bad kids out of school.
Since the Obama regime threatened to withhold federal funding for districts that fail to reduce racial gaps in discipline, St. Paul has tried to keep students in schools rather than send them home for disciplinary issues. Suspensions are down, but infractions are exploding.
“There’s no consequences,” complained a veteran St. Paul high school teacher. “We are teaching our kids it’s OK to disrupt the learning environment, and all they’ll get is a slap on the hand.”
A district spokesman says that officials are re-examining disciplinary and security procedures after last week’s mayhem. The local teachers union is backing a slate of new board members to protest the district’s disciplinary policies.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., public schools are standing by helplessly as violent kids assault teachers because it’s now a no-no to suspend them there too. “Teachers have been repeatedly hit, bitten and kicked by students,” the local newspaper reported.
Madison school officials put in place a touchy-feely alternative to suspensions recommended by the Obama regime, but clearly it’s not working.
“The theory does not match the reality,” a middle school teacher said.
In the entire history of the “progressive” movement, stretching back over 100 years, theory has never matched reality. Interesting that its proponents keep pushing their agenda anyway. Deliberate blindness, stupidity or worse? We report, you decide.