At last week's school Board meeting, 3 Board members (Holtz, Edwards and Melnyk) stated that Virginia Beach Schools "does not have a discipline problem" (Melnyk's comment was off camera).
That isn't what teachers at many schools throughout the district have indicated on surveys conducted by the VDOE.
I believe that the culture of leniency and PBIS-type programs that contributed to the Parkland school shooting, is a big part of the problem in VBCPS. I will continue to try to be the voice of teachers, parents and students who continue to contact me about their concerns on this topic.
This topic in the video begins around 1 hr 33 min.
At Tuesday's School Board meeting I asked the question:
Does VBCPS have any measurable data that shows PBIS is improving student discipline? The answer was NO. However, we continue to implement this expensive program (now in all of our schools) that I believe is failing our students and teachers.
It didn't work in Parkland Florida where the school shooting occurred and it isn't working in VB. I have voted against funding for PBIS and I will continue to vote against the program.
School safety/student discipline is my #1 priority this year. I will not stay silent while sexual assaults are occurring and students are bringing guns to school. Parents need to know what is happening and teachers need to be supported!!!
Thank you to Andrew Pollack - Parkland Parent for his inspiring book "Why Meadow Died" https://www.amazon.com/Why-Meadow-Died-Policie…/…/1642932191 that I just started reading last night. I will not stand idly by and allow the same thing to happen in our district. The same type of programs that were implemented in Parkland are being implemented across school districts throughout the country. Including VBCPS.
Please read this article: https://rightwisconsin.com/2019/08/06/study-shows-federal-school-discipline-policy-not-working?fbclid=IwAR1FElZZENSehrdnsumrI-g6xa0fG7z-zCfrqpLW43FrpnnWR4Abh7LZfbs