the classroom, things that are causing them difficulties in the classroom, and we also need to provide support for our teachers in the classroom.”
Hollstein said it is important for parents to understand that Aspire is not intended to
be a punishment.
“This is something to help our kids who are struggling,” Hollstein said. “We feel that once we get this in place, parents will be very appreciative, because they won’t be getting the calls every day about behavior, because we’ll be providing the supports their children need so they can be successful.”
Hollstein said the programs
are intended to respond to concerns and help build a safe school environment.
“We need to have safe and orderly environments in order for teachers to teach and students to learn,” Hollstein said.
Linda McLaughlin, president of the Education Association of Charles County, the union for teachers and other certificated school employees, said members have been concerned
about discipline issues in schools.
“Our members were encouraged that the discipline matrix was being examined and their concerns from the Board of Ed town hall were being heard. Thank you,” McLaughlin told the board.
Sean Heyl of White Plains, a language arts teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School, was pleased with the
school board’s efforts as a first step.
“I applaud your recommendations and revisions. The areas you have revised will have a more secure impact in all of our schools, specifically for me, in the areas of bullying, disrespect and fighting,” Heyl said. “It is with this gratitude and sincerity that I would like to continue this dialogue.”