Statement Regarding "Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act"

Pres. Linda Hampton's Official Response, January 9, 2014:

“I fully trust Oklahoma educators to handle student discipline in an appropriate case by case manner. The proposed legislation removes local control from teachers, counselors, administrators and local school boards. Educators are degreed professionals, trained and experienced in dealing with children. With our state facing so many critical issues in public education, Oklahoma Legislators should be focusing on school funding, excessive testing and overcrowded classrooms. The focus should not be on removing a teacher’s ability to use common sense, local policies and their professional training when dealing with student discipline.”


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