President Donald Trump’s administration just shoved another stake into the heart of President Obama’s legacy.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, in which a former student murdered 17 people, a disciplinary policy of the former administration is now being reviewed.
Safe And Nurturing Environments.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke to Lesley Stahl on Sunday during CBS’ “60 Minutes” in what was a contentious interview, when the subject of school discipline was raised.
“We are studying that rule. We need to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. And all students means all students,” she said.
Stahl raised questions about how the policy could be perceived as unfair to minority students.
“Yeah but let’s say there’s a disruption in the classroom and a bunch of white kids are disruptive and they get punished, you know, go see the principal, but the black kids are, you know, they call in the cops. I mean, that’s the issue: who and how the kids who disrupt are being punished,” she said.
“Arguably, all of these issues or all of this issue comes down to individual kids,” DeVos said.
“It does come down to individual kids. And–often comes down to–I am committed to making sure that students have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is conducive to their learning,” she insisted.
Playing The Race Card.
Stahl disagreed with DeVos, as she did for the majority of the combative interview, and tried to insist that the changes would somehow be racist.
“Do you see this disproportion in discipline for the same infraction as institutional racism?” Stahl asked.
“We’re studying it carefully. And are committed to making sure students have the opportunity to learn in safe and nurturing environments,” DeVos responded.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has said that the discipline policy did not play a role in the Parkland school shooting, but it is tough to argue that it did not.
The school was aware that the shooter spoke to a psychologist and expressed his desire to murder people and his family was told to keep sharp objects out of his reach because of it.
The Sheriff’s department was called 45 times for the shooter terrorizing his family and others, and making death threats, and nothing was done.
If it was not the discipline policy, which rewarded schools for stopping the schoolhouse to jailhouse treadmill, why was he not apprehended?