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Wisc.: Republican bill to curtail violent students; 11% of WI teachers assaulted last year

Jan 11, 2018, Bristol (VA) Herald Courier: Republican behind student discipline bill takes on critics http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/republican-behind-student-discipline-bill-takes-on-critics/article_eb3ad00d-86e8-5346-917f-a87b5cc523a1.html MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The author of a Republican bill that would allow teachers to demand that violent students be suspended and require administrators to report violent students to the police responded to criticism of the legislation Thursday, saying he thinks school administrators are being too soft on troublemakers.... … He also noted the same survey found 11.3 percent of Wisconsin teachers said they were assaulted that same year, which was the nation's highest rate. Students need consequences so they learn proper behavior, he said. "School safety — it's not just for kids," Thiesfeldt said. "The current environment is not good for the long-term benefit of our students. Negative behavior without consequences promotes more negative behavior." … "This bill offers no additional resources or new approaches to improving classroom safety by addressing student behaviors, teaching conflict resolution strategies, or providing more support for students who are struggling," said Kids Forward Executive Director Ken Taylor. … Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor grilled Thiesfeldt for nearly an hour, complaining the bill isn't based on any data or best practices and questioning why the proposal doesn't provide funding for more aides for special needs children and smaller classes. …