Re: the Nov. 29 article "TUSD pouring resources into school to solve discipline woes."
I read this article as a interested taxpayer as well as a middle school teacher. After reading comments from Sylvia Campoy, the representative for the Latino plaintiffs in the TUSD desegregation order, it appears that Campoy is an authority on classroom management and the use of restorative justice approach to disciplinary issues. Since Booth-Fickett reportedly has a shortage of teachers which is part of the discipline problem, I think Ms Campoy should be brought in as one of the long-term subs. This way other teachers would be able to see how she effectively uses the restorative justice strategy and Ms Campoy will get a real taste of what it is like in today classrooms. I would love to be a fly on the wall in this classroom. I would be surprised if she would last very long in the classroom and perhaps she would see the answer might not be in more training of Restorative Justice techniques for the teachers.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.