Beloit teachers confront school board over deteriorating student discipline

Beloit teachers banded together last week and took their collective concerns about student discipline to the school board. According to the Beloit Daily News, hundreds of teachers and staff took turns addressing the board, “with one saying educators are working in ‘a climate of fear’ because of lax student discipline and growing class sizes.”

“Many said teachers who attempt to discipline students are punished and even fear for their jobs,” according to the article.

The Daily News quotes Beloit Education Association and WEAC Region 6 member Dustin Slusser, a teacher at Fruzen and Aldrich Intermediate schools, saying he does more interventions and reprimanding than teaching because of the challenges presented by deteriorating student discipline.

Slusser said the respect by students toward staff and administration continues to plummet. He cited the example of students not removing headphones or taking off hats. When he has repeatedly tried to deal with that, Slusser said he has been met with disrespect, profanity or flatly being ignored.

Slusser said high teacher turnover in the district will become the norm if discipline is not restored in the schools.

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Beloit teachers hammer behavioral issues

BELOIT – Dustin Slusser, a teacher at Fruzen and Aldrich Intermediate schools, said he does more interventions and reprimanding than teaching because of deteriorating student discipline in the School District of Beloit. He and hundreds of teachers and staff district-wide gathered with dozens speaking out at a town hall-style meeting held at Beloit Memorial High School Friday morning.