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There is little support for our teachers

Our teachers have insufficient training in behavior management and modification strategies. When dealing with disruptive or aggressive kids some teachers may unintentionally aggravate the situation, through no fault of their own, simply because they have not been trained in child development. Broward County Public Schools spend millions upon millions of dollars per year, yet are catastrophically underspending in the area which would most benefit the children, training our teachers. Placing 30 kids, each with different academic needs, into one classroom with one teacher is difficult enough, yet on top of these challenges we add the varying degrees of psychological and emotional problems which these students face. This inevitably creates a recipe for disaster resulting in disruptive behavior which all too often escalates to physical violence. In fact, some of our schools report as many as 100 SESIR incidents occurring in about a 4 month span. This means that in just one school there can be as many as 5 or 6 incidents per week that jeopardize the safety of the students and the learning environment.

*SESIR= School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting*

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