TELL SCHOOL BOARD

Teachers need RESOURCES to limit suspensions and expulsions!

Add 12 “Care Centers” to the school budget!

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Creating "Care Centers" in each of 12 highest need elementary schools would allow teachers to remove disruptive students from class, but keep them in their own school for solving the problems that caused the behavior.  Students would STAY in school, rather than being suspended and pushed onto the "school-to-prison pipeline."

NOAH worked for over two years to decrease school suspensions and the racial disparity in these.  In response to our work, the school board has adopted a policy of no elementary school suspensions, expulsions, and arrests, except for violent offenses.  

BUT WE KNOW teachers MUST have the resources necessary to make this policy work. 

 

CALL OR EMAIL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS! 

A SAMPLE EMAIL IS BELOW.  You can copy and paste all of the school board members' addresses at once into the "To" or "Bcc" lines of your email system.  Their email addresses are GentryforDistrict1@outlook.com, elrodforschools@gmail.com, jill.speering@mnps.org, anna.shepherd@mnps.org, CBuggs@mnps.org, franbush5@gmail.com, will@pinkstonforschools.com, virginia.pupo-walker@mnps.org, amy.frogge@mnps.org. Please put YOUR NAME and ADDRESS in the email, since some school board members will want to know if you are in their districts.

SAMPLE EMAIL

SUBJECT:  Please Fund CARE CENTERS to reduce suspensions and help teachers!

Dear School Board Members,

NOAH worked for over two years to decrease school suspensions and the racial disparity in these.  Thank you for the work of the school board in adopting a policy of no elementary school suspensions, expulsions, and arrests, except for violent offenses.  

BUT WE KNOW teachers MUST have the resources necessary to make this policy work.  We are supporting a proposal for "Care Centers" to be created in each of 12 highest need elementary schools.  These would be places for disruptive students to go and have a listening ear of someone who can help solve problems that cause this behavior.  Students would STAY in school, rather than being suspended and pushed onto the "school-to-prison pipeline."  

PLEASE INCLUDE FUNDING FOR THESE 12 CARE CENTERS IN YOUR BUDGET THIS YEAR!   We have talked with teachers who desperately need the resources to make the new policy work.  This is an important step to reduce suspensions and expulsions, increase student attendance and performance, and improve working conditions for teachers.

Thank you for all you do for our children and our city!

NAME / ADDRESS

 

A full School Board Member list with names, emails, and phone numbers is HERE. In case you want to talk with them or others, a "Talking Points" document is HERE

Thank you for being part of NOAH!