School Discipline in Texas: Past, Present, and Future

Students should feel safe from physical harm in a classroom. They should be able to learn in a quiet and disciplined atmosphere. Teachers should feel secure, and be able to operate within the orderly environment required to do their jobs. Without this security and order, it is difficult for the education process to occur. By having school discipline procedures in place is how school administrations make security and order possible.

Texas has gone overboard at times in its attempts to appropriately maintain a safe and orderly classroom. The use of zero tolerance policies, school ticketing, and removal from classrooms have been subject to criticism. Fortunately, the state has removed many negative practices such as school ticketing, has introduced greater discretionary decision-making to prevent harsh unintended consequences, and is proving the effectiveness of long-understood disciplinary methods.

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