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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bossy Kindergarten?

Recently I posted this response to the issue of pre-K suspensions. I found it difficult to imagine what a 3 or 4 year old student would have to do to be kicked out of a pre-K class. I recently received the statistics above regarding Kindergarten suspensions over the last 9-year period in the Escambia County School District. Again I have to scratch my head and ask what sorts of things must these 5 year olds be doing to get kicked out of kindergarten? I've requested information from both the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and the Director of Elementary Education on what specific infractions would result in a Kindergarten student being kicked out of school. I have not received a response to my email request on this. I'd really also like to know how many of the kindergarten students that were kicked out had participated in one of the VPK programs offered in the community? To me, that would be good information to know. when I hear back on my response I'll ask that question, too.


concerned mom said...

My daughter went to VPK at Montclair and there was a supposed suspension during that year. I asked why and was told that the boy threw a desk at the teacher, but this had not been the first time he had been physical with her. My question also when my daughter first told me so-and-so had gotten kicked out, was WHAT would a four or five year old do to get picked out of school?? Sad.

Lorraine said...

I am glad you are doing this, Jeff.

I wrote a related blog post on implicit racism. Check it out!

I also have tons of other ideas related to education, so do check out my perspective too!

Jeff Bergosh said...

I have been told that a list of the offenses Kindergartners commit to be kicked out of school is being put together, when I receive it I intend to publish it. I'm really interested to see what a 5 year old has to do to be kicked out of school.