House bill 2476 is a critical bill for children
Posted by Texas Education on April 28, 2009
This in from Children at Risk:
House bill 2476, by Representative Dora Olivo, will be heard TODAY in the House Public Education committee. We urge you to contact members of the House Public Education Committee, and in particular Chairman Rob Eissler, to express your support of this bill immediately! Specifically request that they vote the bill favorably from committee. By doing so, the bill will more quickly make its way to the House Floor.
House bill 2476 is a critical bill for children this 81st Texas Legislative Session because it improves discipline strategies in public schools by mandating staff development in effective discipline strategies. Such training will empower teachers with conflict resolution techniques, positive behavior management, classroom management, and intervention strategies for students exhibiting behavioral difficulties. The bill also requires that data be reported on how many students each school refers to disciplinary alternative education program. Collecting this information will allow districts to idenitfy where staff training is most needed.
You can help ensure that HB 2476 makes it to the House Floor, by contacting members of the committee in support of this important bill. This is a critical step in the legislative process, and we need your help to ensure HB 2476 gets passed this session!
Talking Points: I support HB 2476 because it it improves discipline strategies in public schools by require staff development in effective discipline strategies.
Students referred to alternative disciplinary settings have five times the dropout rate of mainstream schools and one in three juveniles sent to the Texas Youth Commission are school dropouts.This bill will encourage the commissioner to develop and make available age-appropriate disciplinary management training for teachers at all grade levels that includes: conflict resolution techniques, positive behavior management, class management, and intervention strategies for students exhibiting behavioral difficulties.By equipping teachers and school administrators with training in areas that focus on how to identify the causes of and potential solutions to behavioral problems, as well as how to effectively communicate with students and their parents, the likelihood of behavior escalating to referable offenses may be decreased. In improving its approach to disciplinary management, Texas can increase the chances that its students will graduate from high school and succeed in life.
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HB 2476 is consistent with CHILDREN AT RISK’s recommended policy changes to:
Campaign Expiration Date: May 1, 2009