The House of Delegates began considering a proposal offered by Gov. Jim Justice. It would provide a one-time $2,000 bonus to teachers who complete specialized math courses to be offered by the Department of Education and who spend at least 60 percent of their time teaching math classes. If the pilot program is successful, it could be expanded to other subjects in which teachers are in short supply, the governor said.
As an effective disciplinary tool, suspensions have also been largely discredited. Rather than deter future behavior problems, studies show, getting kicked out of school is twice as likely to spark anger as remorse. Given all that we’ve learned about the roots of problem behavior, it’s high time for a more supportive approach.