Hillsborough board will discuss discipline, SpringBoard
How's that new discipline policy working out in Hillsborough?
Expect a full report Tuesday morning at the School Board workshop, which is open to the public.
Superintendent Jeff Eakins estimated recently that by limiting out-of-school suspensions and employing restorative methods when kids return to school, the district added 10,000 days of instruction when the first half of this school year was compared to the same period of 2014-15.
But are teachers supported when they need to remove a disruptive student from the class? April Griffin, in particular, has asked that question repeatedly.
The workshop comes a month after the district asked to enter a voluntary resolution with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, which is investigting allegations of racial disparities in discipline and learning opportunities. It will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at school district headquarters, 901 E Kennedy Boulevard.
A second workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. will tackle SpringBoard in particular and the budget in general. SpringBoard, a curriculum package the district purchases as part of its longstanding relationship with College Board, has been roundly criticized in recent student and teacher forums. Common complaints: The reading passages are boring and the math workbooks (which replaced textbooks, some high school teachers told Eakins) do not provide enough space for students to complete the problems.
As part of its effort to get the budget in better shape, the district has been reviewing all of the curricula it purchases, including SpringBoard.