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Minnesota District Includes "Equity Specialists" in Plans for Destructive Action

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Minnesota DistrictSome schools have serious problems with violence and fight the confusion of behavior with "equity specialists"and "empathic discipline"It's a schedule. Fox News Digital learned.

Parents of Rochester Public School complained about bullying and fights at schools in the district, and police were sometimes called in. For example, according to local reports, a "fight" at John Adams Middle School in November closed the school for 30 minutes.

"I have all thesevideos floating around SnapchatThe other day I took out my kids' cell phones and saw them. The girl was dragged behind the bus. I was hit on my face with my neck. I'm a kid aged 11, 12, and 13. "

The superintendent of Rochester Public Schools told Fox News Digital that the school still intends to utilize out-of-school suspensions and expulsions as a last resort. 

Rochester Public School Director Becomes Fox News Digital He said: The school still intends to use out-of-school suspension and dropout as a last resort.  (iStock)

Next, director Kent Pekel announces that school leaders are working on plans to combat this issue. Did. "We have been very focused. School district staff are working to develop strategies aimed at addressing these issues immediately and over time." He said. 

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In June, the district used "restorative practices," "stock experts," and "empathic discipline" to address destructive behavior. I explained in detail what I plan to do. Empathic discipline means using "techniques that enhance staff motivation and the ability to understand students' lives and situations before disciplinary action."

Suspension and expulsion are still at the table as a last resort, and according to the director, the plan will continue to be refined during the summer until it begins in the fall.  

The superintendent of Rochester Public Schools explains how his background in research informs his approach in implementing positive development for students.

The director of Rochester Public School is his The research background shows his approach in carrying out positive development for students. (iStock)

At four schools in the district– Century Leader Kota, John Marshall, Kellogg, Mayo High School – School Plan Restoration Type Implement the practice of. The "Equity Specialist" will be used by Century and John Marshall. The plan also stipulated that at least three schools in the district, Century High, John Marshall, and Kellogg Junior High School, are looking for alternatives to out-of-school suspension. 

"That doesn't mean you don't use pauses, it means your kids go to school with some kind of out-of-class program, and we really do. There are couples who promise it, focusing on action redirects. " 

Kent Pekel, the superintendent of Rochester Public Schools in Michigan, explains his approach to discipline in an interview with Fox News Digital.

Rochester Public Director, Kent Pekel A school in Michigan explains his approach to discipline in an interview with Fox News Digital. (Fox News )

"And the consequences we impose, or the reactions we impose, are those children. You need to make sure it's important to us. You pause the kid and ... [he or she thinks] "I can go home for three days", it's not a meaningful response .. We plan to rework this summer and implement it more than a year ahead.

Parents of Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota have complains about violence and bullying in the district's schools.  

Parents of Rochester Public School in Minnesota Bullying in a district school complaining about violence.   (iStock)

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Pekel, who violates the law because of, moved from his research career to the role of director in July 2021. In his study at the Search Institute, Pekel pointed out that "young people of color are more likely to suffer from harsh schools" disciplinary action. In his 2020 definition and measurement of social capital for young people, he said, "These barriers can contribute to the disparity in post-secondary outcomes, putting young people in a poor life trajectory." It could put it down and later contribute to income inequality and poor health consequences. " in life. "

Pekel used more than a decade of research to improvestudents' academic performance

" Now I'm working on the same issue a bit more directly, but in a school district with about 18,000 children. " 

Rochester is home of the Mayo Clinic, one

Rochester is home to the Mayo Clinic , One is(iStock )

Primarily, his concern, as Pekel said, ensures the student's academic success. Was to eliminate the block. 

"Rochester is an interesting district home to the Mayo Clinicand is arguably the best hospital in the world. And so many world-class talents. Not only is there a wonderful, changing and increasingly diversified community here in southern Minnesota, so academic excellence and ... fairness so that all children can experience and achieve at these levels. It was a unique opportunity to actually get married with an effort to improve both. ”

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Pekel also plans to help Rochester schools create a sense of belonging to their students. "Affiliation" and "behavior" are "two bs". Guidance on the district's approach. "Not only do we take steps to make sure that all children are known, accepted, affirmed, and connected, but they are also very clear standards of behavior. There is also. "

" I To parents and other caregivers, believe that a sense of belonging and commitment to good behavior are the basis of all other academic improvements we are working on. You will say that you are, "said Pekel. Based on this year's progress, we will do it next year as well. Then stop what goes wrong and continue to look for new solutions that will work.

Hannah Grossman is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of FoxNews Digital. Story tips can be sent on Twitter: @GrossmanHannah.