Monday, December 4, 2023

Oregon, My Oregon

At the Free Bacon, Portland Public Schools Must Now Consider Race, Gender Identity When Disciplining Students

A new collective bargaining agreement between Portland Public Schools and its unionized teachers requires school officials to consider a disruptive student's race, gender identity, and sexual orientation when crafting that student's disciplinary plan.

When a student exhibits "continuous disruptive behavior," the agreement says, school officials must develop a "support plan" for the student, which can include disciplinary measures such as detention. That plan "must take into consideration the impact of issues related to the student's trauma, race, gender identity/presentation, sexual orientation … and restorative justice as appropriate for the student," according to the agreement. The new disciplinary policy also eliminates mandatory suspensions for students who threaten or harm others—now, those students may only be removed from their classroom, not from school altogether.

The policy change reflects a broader effort at both the federal and local levels to develop race-conscious disciplinary rules for public school students. Earlier this year, for example, the Biden administration released a memo urging schools to refrain from suspending students for truancy, arguing that "significant disparities by race … have persisted in the application of student discipline." School districts in Washington and Illinois, meanwhile, have adopted disciplinary policies that aim to provide a "culturally responsive" and "restorative approach" to student discipline.

Parents Defending Education senior adviser Michele Exner slammed Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers for their "absurd" disciplinary policy changes.

"These policies are wrong, counterproductive, and will only feed into the divisive climate we are seeing across academic institutions," Exner told the Washington Free Beacon.

Neither Portland Public Schools nor the Portland Association of Teachers responded to requests for comment.

So basically, only straight white males will receive any discipline.  

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