Tag: Discipline

By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton school board members Jo Ann Molera and Nancy Proto are concerned that restorative justice, an alternative form of school discipline that could be used to reduce high suspension rates, was unfairly characterized in a survey recently given to teachers. “I was a little disappointed that...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton school board members failed to find common ground on issues at an Aug. 8 work session that left one member, Nancy Proto, “mystified” and “outraged.” “I pretty much can guarantee you, you don’t like me on this board, you’re going to really hate me off...
By Stefanie Jackson – Nancy Proto, a member of the Northampton County School Board, recently reacted to the school board’s unanimous approval of her request to form a committee that will research how other school divisions have implemented restorative discipline – an alternative to traditional school discipline methods such...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton school board made a unanimous decision June 27 to research restorative discipline and how it may be implemented in the county’s public schools, after school board member Nancy Proto and community members made the case that punishment does not change behavior. “What we’re doing...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton schools attempt to manage student behavior using a broken discipline system that simply needs “restoration,” not a complete transformation, according to one school board member. “We have challenging students, and we need to be responsive because that’s the hand we were dealt,” said school board...
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By Stefanie Jackson – Local organization Eastern Shore Healthy Communities, in cooperation with the Roseland Theatre in Onancock, presented the documentary “Paper Tigers” May 23, the story of how one high school turned itself around, reducing the number of suspensions given to students and supporting their academic success. “Stressed brains...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton school board member and advocate for reform in the county’s public school system, Nancy Proto, of Cape Charles, announced March 28 that she will not run for re-election in November. Until her term expires, the retired school psychologist will continue promoting “a shift in...
Story and Photo by Stefanie Jackson Dr. Arthur Carter, a longtime Northampton resident and concerned citizen, opened a dialogue with the county school board on restorative justice, an alternative method of school discipline that aims to reduce suspensions and prevent the disruption of children’s education and socialization. Carter has spoken to...
By Stefanie JacksonEvery year in Northampton schools, two and a half times as many students are suspended as compared to the state average. Accomack schools are not far behind, with nearly twice as many students suspended compared to the state average. Suspension rates are even higher for...