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State of the LPSS: Teacher roundtable discussion Part 2

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Three teachers and a counselor with over 100 years experience combined, talk candidly about issues affecting them and their students. From discipline problems to Dr. Pat Cooper and the Turnaround plan.

The focus is another serious problem that has escalated over the past few years, and has teachers at their wits end. Discipline.

"It's no longer one or two discipline problems in a classroom. It's six and eight. And I remember when it was one in the whole grade level," says Belinda Cuvillier, an elementary teacher.

They feel the discipline problem at their respective schools and in the district has intensified over the years.

"When I told people I was a teacher in 1985, it was like, wow. Now when I tell people I'm a teacher, they say how do you do it," explains Cuvillier.

The group of four say they cannot put their finger on why it's reached the point it has, but know a step to curbing it.

"It comes from home. It comes from the community pulling together to make a difference," says Herbert Wiltz, a middle school teacher.

"If the teacher is not supported then I think it makes it more difficult for the child in the classroom and the other children. And if the home is not doing it's part, it's hard for the teacher," says DeLisa Washington, a school counselor.

At the same time teachers know they will not always get the support from home they would like. However something they feel can be fixed, what they think is a lag and ineffectiveness of how a student is reprimanded.

"Gets 30 disciplinary infractions and still is in the same situation doing the same thing repeatedly. It means what we are doing is not working," says Rodolfo Espinoza, a high school teacher.

And when asked if they would like to have a final say so when it comes to a student's reprimand. They said no, but would like to be apart of it.

"If we have a problem with the way a student is being disciplined that we can have input in correcting that," says Espinoza.


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