More on Teacher Assaults

See this article from today’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Again, assaults on teachers happens more than you think. See previous posts here and here on assaults on the rise within GCS.

Philly schools chief Paul Vallas is cracking down on teacher assaults with a new teacher hotline to report assaults. Students will be suspended and expelled from school if they are charged. Wow, schools actually still expel students?

“The judgment of some of our principals is being questioned. I want to limit their discretion so there is no question,” Paul Vallas, the district’s chief executive officer, said in the article at a press conference.

Any student 10 or older who assaults a staff member or threatens an assault will be suspended for 10 days and recommended for expulsion, Vallas said. Younger students will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, he said.

“There will be no debate or discussion. The student will be suspended immediately,” Vallas said, adding that the new policy would be communicated to all parents in the next 24 hours. “… We would rather err on the side of overreacting. The hearing process will sort it out.”

Vallas is a tough guy. He was Chicago Mayor Daley’s school chief executive before he moved to Philadelphia. Before he got into the school business, he was a former administrator with the Chicago Department of Transportation where he did a bang-up job. I had a chance to meet him when I lived in Chicago. He was tough then and he’s still tough now.

We need a Vallas-type of guy to run GCS. Agree?

E.C. 🙂


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