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Address disruptive students

| Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In his letter “Whither Duquesne schools?” (Jan. 30 and TribLIVE.com), the state's chief recovery officer for the Duquesne City School District writes that the district's test scores, once considered “superb,” now are “among the lowest in the state.” His potential solutions include transferring students to neighboring districts and requiring these schools to adjust to larger class sizes, add programs and increase their budgets. But he admitted that Duquesne once boasted great test scores, so we can conclude that its schools are capable schools.

The problem is disruptive students. We need to have consequences for bad behavior and remove such students from the classroom when necessary. We need to insist that teachers are not burdened with disruption in the classroom.

Sure, we want every student to get a good education to move forward, or society has to deal with the financial burden of dropouts. But at some point, if students don't want to learn, they infringe upon the rights of students who are trying to get a good education.

There is only so much that can be done if students won't cooperate, if parents don't get involved or whatever the problem may be. Students who want to learn are getting the least amount of attention and that's the shame. Weed out the troublemakers and you have a teaching/learning environment.

Sheila Thomas

Ross

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