Chesterfield County Public School System, VA  - James River High School: Please Provide Fairness, Educational Rights & Equivalent Options
  • Petitioning Chesterfield County School Board

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Chesterfield County School Board
Board of Supervisors - Midlothian
Daniel A. Gecker (I)
State Senate
John Watkins (R)
State Senate
Henry L. Marsh III
House of Delegates
Roxann L. Robinson
House of Delegates
M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox (R)
Chesterfield County, VA - James River High School
James River High School: Please Provide Fairness, Educational Rights & Equivalent Options
Administrator of Pupil Placement/Student Conduct
Robert Talley
House of Delegates
Delegate R Minchew
House of Delegates
Delegate D McQuinn
Acting Director
Dr. Joe Tylus
Virginia Governor
Virginia State House
U.S. Senate
Virginia State Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Chesterfield County Public School System, VA - James River High School: Please Provide Fairness, Educational Rights & Equivalent Options

    1. Lelia Grant
    2. Petition by

      Lelia Grant

      North Chesterfield, VA

Please Provide Fairness, Educational Rights & Equivalent Options

Please reflect on “No Child Left Behind”, to watch an Honor's student learning capability rapidly deteriorate due to unjust punishment which will tarnish my daughter’s future educational endeavors is horrific. When you place a child out of their accustomed learning environment for an extended period time their mental health and competitive learning ability disintegrates. Please make it a practice to review student suspensions on a case by case basis and rembember that the resolution should be to have students evolve and grow with educational wealth.

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    1. Moving forward!

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Today is 2/7/2014 and I have yet to receive a response from anyone at the Chesterfield County School Board or administration. I am still eagerly awaiting their response on why the school nurse was not initially called on 10/31/2013 when my daughter Chase Mitchell had been witnessed to hit her head on a desk and suffered a deep wound laceration that was heavily bleeding.
      However today please join me in supporting House Bill 515 introduced by Delegate J. Randall Minchew at the Virginia General Assembly:
      SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
      Certain statements of students; admissibility; parental notification. Provides that statements made by a student to a school employee as a result of an interrogation are inadmissible in a delinquency proceeding unless the student's custodian was present at the time the statement was made. The bill also makes mandatory the notification of the parents of any student who violates certain school board policy or compulsory school attendance requirements and allows such

    2. 2014 Virginia Assembly Bill Bill - HB 726

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 22.1-276.2, 22.1-277, 22.1-277.04, 22.1-277.05, and 22.1-277.06 of the Code of Virginia, relating to suspension and expulsion of students; continuation in the curriculum. Share your latest development here.

    3. Please support - 2014 Virginia General Assembly Bill - HB 515

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Ms. Grant,

      Thank you for your email yesterday. I also received your phone message today. We have placed your email with the bill and will keep you posted as to its progress to committee. I will certainly notify you when it reaches committee, and Delegate Minchew appreciates your willingness to advocate for the bill.

      Sincerely,

      Cindy Bridgman, Legislative Assistant to Delegate Minchew

    4. 2014 Virginia General Assembly Education House Bills

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Please take the time to review the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Education House Bill at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/
      ex: HB472, HB515, HB316, HB726

    5. Prevention vs. Punishment

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      PREVENTION
      V. PUNISHMENT:
      Threat Assessment, School Suspensions, and Racial Disparities
      JustChildren
      A Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center
      University of Virginia Curry School of Education
      December 18, 2013

      https://www.justice4all.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Prevention-v-Punishment-Report-FINAL.pdf

    6. 2014 Virginia General Assembly Bill - HB 515

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      SHB 515 Certain statements of students; admissibility; parental notification
      2014 SESSION

      HOUSE BILL NO. 515
      Offered January 8, 2014
      Prefiled January 6, 2014
      A BILL to amend and reenact § 22.1-279.3 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 16.1-274.2, relating to certain statements from students; admissibility; parental notification.
      Patrons-- Minchew and Kory
      Referred to Committee on Education
      Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

      1. That § 22.1-279.3 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 16.1-274.2 as follows:

      § 16.1-274.2. Certain statements by current or former student inadmissible.

      Where a current or former student of any elementary, middle, or secondary school is alleged to have committed a delinquent act while a student at such school, no oral or .

    7. 2014 Virginia General Assembly Bill - HB 316

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      HOUSE BILL NO. 316
      Offered January 8, 2014
      Prefiled January 2, 2014
      A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 22.1-307, 22.1-309, 22.1-311, and 22.1-313 of the Code of Virginia, relating to teachers; probation and dismissal.

      Patron-- Kaye Kory

      Referred to Committee on Education HB 316 Teachers; probation and dismissal.

      Teachers; probation and dismissal. Specifies that a teacher may be placed on probation for incompetency, immorality, noncompliance with school laws and regulations, disability as shown by competent medical evidence when in compliance with federal law, conviction of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, or other good and just cause. The bill replaces the current condition constituting incompetency, for the purposes of teacher employment, of one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations with the condition of more than one unsatisfactory performance evaluation or one unsatisfactory performance evaluation coupled with a finding by the division superinte

    8. 2014 Virginia General Assembly Bill - HB 472

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      HB 472 Student conduct; parental responsibility to prevent bullying
      HOUSE BILL NO. 472
      Offered January 8, 2014
      Prefiled January 6, 2014
      A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 16.1-241.2 and 22.1-279.3 of the Code of Virginia, relating to student conduct; parental responsibility to prevent bullying.
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      Patron-- Del Delores McQuinn
      ----------
      Referred to Committee on Education

      SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
      Student conduct; parental responsibility to prevent bullying. Authorizes principals to request that parents meet with the principal or his designee to receive training in bullying prevention. The bill also authorizes the relevant juvenile and domestic relations court, upon petition from the local school board, to order the parent to meet to receive such training.

    9. 2014 General Assembly

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      2014 General Assembly Session begins Wednesday January 8, 2014 here in Richmond, VA.
      Support your local delegates and make a change!

    10. Logan Laplante - Hacking his own education! (AMAZING)

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      James Lamour shares: This Really Happy 13-Year-Old Hacks His Education, And Now I Regret I Didn't Do The Same With Mine
      http://www.upworthy.com/this-really-happy-13-year-old-hacks-his-education-and-now-i-regret-i-didnt-do-the-same-with-mine?c=ufb1

    11. Commission on Youth - Guide to Local Alternative Education Options for Susp

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Since 2008 there has not been any other review on Regional Alternative Educations Programs in Virginia.

      Please review the last Guide to Local Alternative Education Options for Suspended and Expelled Students in the Commonwealth, a report provided by the Virginia Commission on Youth Report:

      http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/student_conduct/guide_local_alternative_ed_options.pdf

    12. Regional Alternative Education Programs - Time for a Review & Change!

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
      PREFACE
      Section 22.1-209.1:2 of the Code of Virginia requires that a report be provided annually by the Board of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly on the effectiveness of the Regional Alternative Education Programs. The primary objectives of this evaluation are asfollows:
      1. Provide a general overview of the programs, student populations, staff, program resources and support, and parental and community support.
      2. Review the program administrators’ perceptions of the adequacy of the programs.
      3. Evaluate the performance of the programs and students.
      The staff member assigned to the preparation of the report was Diane L. Jay, associate director, Office of Program Administration and Accountability, Division of Instruction, Virginia Department of Education,
      P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Questions concerning the report should be directed to Ms. Jay at (804) 225-2905 or by emailat Diane.Jay@doe.virginia.gov.

    13. Virginia Board of Education - Regional Alternative Education Programs

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Today I decided to inquire with the Virginia Department of Education - Virginia Commission of Youth to focus on the last review of alternative schools in Virginia, it seems as if the last review was in November 2006 and in October 2007 then Governor Timothy Kaine was pleased to announce the BOE's report on Regional Alternative Education Programs pursuant to Section 22.1-209.1:2 of the Code of Virginia. The Code requires the Board of Education to report annually on the effectiveness of the Regional Alternative Education Programs. In 2013, is it time for a review or new study?

    14. Decision-maker Pat Phillips responds:

      Pat Phillips

      Suspending a student from school for a minor offense is an egregious act. It not only deprives the student of quality education but it can impede their future academic success. Even if a student is suspended they should be given the addit...


    15. Some more so than others in the neighboring county of Henrico, VA

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      A recent piece from Yvette Yeon with NBC12 shows that the Henrico School Board heard some very interesting facts during a work seesion, about student suspensions.

      Please reference -
      studyhttp://www.nbc12.com/story/20048670/more-black-students-suspended-in-henrico-public-schools
      or reference a recent article written by Ted Strong with the Richmond Times Dispatch -
      http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/henrico/henrico-significantly-cuts-student-suspensions/article_484b1a11-5614-53dd-8f44-0a0c704ebf56.html

    16. Home Educators Association of Virginia

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      High School
      Homeschooling Through High School
      Basic Info for Virginia Homeschoolers
      HEAV is an association that can assist you through a student's out-of-school suspension. This was an option provided to me by a petitioner.
      "Each one, teach one"
      Please visit the referenced website listed for more information:
      http://heav.org/ or contact HEAV at 804.278.9200
      2100 W. Laburnum Ave
      Suite 108-A
      Richmond, VA 23227

    17. Report: Suspensions,expulsions raise drop out risk

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      An article date November 17, 2011 by Zinie Chen Sampson from Real Clear Politics sheds light on research of Virginia schools that Virginia Schools suspended or expelled more than 90,500 students in the 2010-11 school year, but such harsh disciplinary measures don't improve student behavior or make schools safer, according to a new report. For further information please reference the link below:

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2011/Nov/17/report__suspensions__expulsions_raise_dropout_risk.html

    18. JustChildren

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      JustChildren , a program of the Legal Aid Justice Center at the University of Virginia Law School of Law that focuses on improving Virginia's public Education, juvinile justice and foster care systems. It is directed by Angela A. Ciofli, her work for the program earned her the Oliver White Hill Award from the Virginia State Bar in 2003 and the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2010.
      Please read and share Angela's work at:

      http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/faculty.nsf/FHPbI/1153470

    19. School Practices

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      I'm just wondering what is the thought of the people when it comes to the school administration criminalizing students? The school to prison pipeline must be stopped immediately! Juvinile "Order of Dentention" being issued, arraignments, prolonged school suspensions, educators pressing charges for "disorient behaviors" and pending court dates must be the normal for school system. I'm not sure if it is a common practice or do they take the time to evaluate situations on a case by case basis. What do you think?

    20. DISCIPLINE POLICIES, SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS, AND RACIAL JUSTICE

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Check it out!
      http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED524711.pdf

      Based on the research reviewed, the following recommendations for improved policies and practices will help safeguard the civil rights of our schoolchildren and create more effective and equitable learning environments:
      Public school educators should routinely collect, reflect upon, and publicly report data on school disciplinary removal. Reports at the state, district, and school level (where permissible) should include data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, gender, and disability status in terms of numbers of each group disciplined. These reports should also include the percentage of each group that experiences suspension and expulsion, as well as disaggregated incidence data on the type of infraction and the number of days of missed instruction that results from such removals. Civil rights enforcement agents should use the disparate impact standard of legal review as grounds to pursue remedies

    21. The Civil Rights Project

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Please take the time to review an article from the UCLA Civil Rights Project concerning TIME IS NOW TO END THE SCHOOL SUSPENSION GAP

      http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/news/news-and-announcements/2013-site-news/civil-rights-leaders-urge-ca-governor-to-address-inequities-in-school-discipline

    22. Reached 100 signatures
    23. Creating a Positive School Climate Webinar

      Lelia Grant
      Petition Organizer

      Please look at this webinar "Creating a Positive School Climate: Implementing Equitable and Effective School Discipline Practices"

      http://all4ed.org/webinar/dec-5-2013/?token=84da276d60ec4082b092256aaa7a95a0

      Please look up Dan Losen, Director at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project at UCLA

    24. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeffery Smith RICHMOND, VA
      • 9 months ago

      Children should not be subjected to one-size-fits-all punishments. We certainly wouldn't allow adults to be treated this way.

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    • ltoine thompson BRONX, NY
      • 10 months ago

      I believe in change and I have children myself

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    • Kate Leonard ELLICOTT CITY, MD
      • 10 months ago

      Children should be given SECOND chances in life.

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    • Lisa Chaffee MIDLOTHIAN, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Since schools have developed a Zero Tolerance policy, it appears to have been met with a certain degree of success in reducing bullying, however, the more severe cases, have only escalated and been resulted in both the bully and the victim being punished. In some cases, the victim receives a far worse punishment for defending themselves than the attacker. This seems to be the case here and Chase Mitchell seems to be paying the price in the form of her future.

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    • Michael Jones CHESTERFIELD, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Unjust and unfair consequences for the youth!

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