Parents, Community Members Rally Before School Board Decision
Protesters say disciplinary amendments to the Students Responsibilities and Rights document don't go far enough
Amendments to Fairfax County Public Schools disciplinary policy may be a "step in the right direction," but don't go far enough, said advocates who rallied before a school board meeting at Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church.
About two dozen members and supporters of Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform, a group of concerned citizens who fight for reform of Fairfax County school disciplinary policies and their implementation, wore red as they waved signs around the entrance of the school. Fifty others looked on.
School board members were scheduled to approve several changes to the county's Students Responsibilities and Rights Handbook on Thursday night after a months-long review of the disciplinary process, spurred by the suicide of Nick Stuban, a 15-year-old Woodson High student, in January.
Superintendent Jack Dale presented his own 10 recommendations for changes to the process and Student Responsibilities and Rights handbook last month, along with feedback collected from parents by school principals and groups such as the Fairfax County Council of PTAs and FZTR.
But those don't go far enough, advocates say. Specifically, among other requests, they want to
- Eliminate the practice of having students sign confessions after they've been interrogated
- Eliminate (and/or reduce) transfers between county schools
- Notify parents in every disciplinary case, before students are questioned by administrators.
Advocates said whatever changes are approved Thursday won't be the end of the fight for student rights.
Check back with Patch for more information on the board's decision.
Click the video in the media player above to watch clips from the rally.