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Brevard County School Board meets Tuesday to discuss disciplinary rule changes

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Nicole Fannin executive director of residential services, gives a tour of a classroom at Youth Villages Oct. 25, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. The nonprofit organization has focused on counseling children with mental health or behavioral problems since 1986.

The Brevard County School Board is meeting tonight. The board chair plans to unveil a new school discipline policy.

The policy is not on the official agenda, but board chair Matt Susin said last week he would reveal more details at tonight’s meeting.

The policy, as he’s outlined so far, includes a zero tolerance policy when it comes to student assaults on teachers, bus drivers and fellow students, along with a near total cell phone ban.

The rule change comes after the school board claims dozens of teachers and bus drivers have left the district after being attacked by students.

A special meeting called last week to discuss the new policy, turned into a full day meeting with parents, community members and teachers weighing in on the issue.

Those opposed say the policy isn’t needed and could even be used to target students who have been labeled as problems.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey who supports these changes says it’s the only way to cut down on the school to prison pipeline, and to alleviate a district-wide teacher shortage.

The meeting begins tonight at 5:30 at the Educational Services Facility building in Viera, and will also be streamed on the district’s YouTube page. 

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.
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