Disruptions in Syracuse Schools Spur Debate Over Discipline

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Syracuse teachers say the level of disruption in their schools has ratcheted up this year and the district has not acted forcefully enough to bring order to their hallways and classrooms.

“I’ve seen it really trend up this year, and all my members say the same thing when I talk to them,” said Kevin Ahern, president of the Syracuse Teachers Association. “And I’ve heard it at elementary schools more than I’ve ever heard it.”

Ahern said schools aren’t “the Wild West,” and most children are well-behaved. But teachers say students who do cause disruptions are often disciplined only lightly, if at all, and are quickly back in their classrooms.

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