Huntsville City Schools address parent concerns regarding Behavioral Learning guidelines

On Thursday, parents gathered at the Whitesburg School to discuss their concerns. with behavior learning programs - and a shocking lack of discipline within an alleged Huntsville City Schools.

Posted: Nov. 3, 2017 8:18 AM

On Thursday, parents gathered at the Whitesburg School to discuss their concerns.
with behavior learning programs - and a shocking lack of discipline within an alleged Huntsville City Schools.

"We all have a common goal of voicing our concerns and wanting change," said Janae Smith, a parent to two children in Huntsville City Schools.

Smith is just one of the many parents angry about the behavioral learning programs the district.

"How to get there is very troubling," said Smith.

Parents, teachers and school administrators came together to meet and discuss the behavioral learning guidelines.

"I do see that there doesn't appear to be consequences that are visible to other students for you [they] act," Smith said.

"If a student goes into a school, they don't seem to be subject to the same laws that would occur were they outside the school," said Shane Askew, who has a daughter at Grissom High School.

Behavioral learning guidelines were supposed to help teachers better discipline students for their actions -- and create a clear expectation of behavior within the school. But even the program administrators say there are some inconsistencies with implementation.

"I think that we have gotten to a point where we are trying to protect the children so much and protect the identities of the [kids who commit these infractions] that we are not helping our kids in letting them see if you act up, these are the consequences," Smith said.

Even Michelle Watkins -- who represents district one on the Huntsville City School board
said she is hearing from both parents and teachers that there are issues with the plan.
But said teachers need to make sure they're coming together to follow those guidelines.

"You do have to follow the guidelines of the document and the document is very simple," Watkins said.

Across the board -- parents and teachers alike are wanting answers. Smith
said she is hoping they find them and improve the learning environment for all kids in Huntsville schools.

"As a community, we've got to come out, we we react, we've got to be proactive," Smith said.

Behavioral learning guide administrators said they are going to take into consideration
what parents and the schools have been saying and try to implement some changes.

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