Published Online: June 8, 2015
Published in Print: June 10, 2015, as Behavior Specialists Planned For All of District's Schools

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Behavior Specialists Planned For All of District's Schools

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The Madison, Wis., school board last week authorized an additional $1.9 million to address student behavior next school year, more than doubling the resources dedicated to a controversial discipline policy.

Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham recommended the extra funding after a survey of teachers revealed that most don't think a new, less punitive student-discipline policy is having a positive impact on student behavior.

Money would go toward putting at least a part-time staff member at every elementary school to handle student-behavior problems, and at least one full-time staff member at each middle and high school. Funds are also to be used to expand mental-health and special education services for students with "intensive needs" and to expand training for staff.

Vol. 34, Issue 34, Page 4

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