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April 01, 2002  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

District Targets Rowdy Bus Riders

Broward County, Fla., panel considers get-tough proposal

Creating some consistency among schools in dealing with behavior problems on the bus is the goal of a committee at Broward County Schools in Oakland Park, Fla. The student conduct committee has been charged with putting together a bus discipline program that can be implemented districtwide. Currently, there are “wide inconsistencies,” according to Fay Clark, director of student support services. “Some schools take it seriously, and some not so seriously,” Clark told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Under a draft proposal, the committee has recommended that the discipline program be broken into levels. Level-one offenses, such as eating on the bus or not keeping arms inside the bus, would result in a written warning. An example of a second-level offense would be exiting the bus through the emergency door without permission when the bus is stopped, which would incur a 10-day suspension. A third-level offense, such as threatening a driver, could be punishable by suspension or expulsion from school.

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