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From the House... Protecting those who Educate our Children
« on: February 18, 2009, 11:49:22 PM »


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Protecting those who Educate Our Children

Those who have dedicated their lives to educating our children are a part of what I consider to be one of the noblest professions I know of, our teachers.  No matter who you are or what you do to earn a living, the one thing we all have in common is the ability to think back and remember those teachers who made a difference in our lives, we all owe them so much.  This week the House passed the HB 96, also known as the Teacher Protection Act, to change the laws regarding school employee liability, safety practices and reporting acts of violence.It gives teachers the ability to maintain order as long as they follow established school policy; the bill allows school employees to focus on teaching without worrying about litigation.

One of the most important parts of the bill outlines new discipline procedures to aid teachers who use force to protect students and property. A good teacher is one who has a disciplined classroom. The Teacher Protection Act gives teachers the ability to construct a controlled classroom without fear of frivolous lawsuits and if a student’s actions are destructive, an educator should be able to correct this to ensure student productivity and safety.  That way, it allows students and teachers to focus on learning instead of classroom management.  How to conduct discipline is something that should be decided at the local level, the school board, administration, and parents should decide this, not the state legislature.  This bill simply says that if a teacher is conducting discipline within the guidelines of the school, they should not be held liable.

This bill also allows all teachers and administrators to be aware of acts of violence throughout the school. Suspended students would not be allowed on school property without specific permission and would be prohibited from attending off campus, school sponsored activities. Furthermore, it requires a notice of reportable offenses to be attached to an offending student's record and transcript. All of these provisions are aimed at ensuring a safe learning environment for Missouri students. 

I am a strong proponent of HB 96. I believe every child has a right to high quality education and I will continue working to provide a safe environment for our students and school employees.  Educators and administrators should be able to effectively manage their schools without fear of being reprimanded when doing so within the guidelines they have been given by the school boards we all are a part of electing.  I am thankful that the Missouri House of Representatives is dedicated to education issues and that we were able to work together to pass the bill this session.  This legislation passed the House by a vote of 160 to 0, a true bi-partisan issue that enjoyed full support from all legislators.

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Re: From the House... Protecting those who Educate our Children
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009, 01:01:49 AM »
This is a badly needed bill Dave. many teachers are not able to teach because of unruly kids and the lack of support the teachers have to maintain discipline in the classroom. Hopefully the parents will be forced to be parents. Good going!!