New Tennessee law to formalize teachers’ roles for discipline in the classroom

News Channel 9:

A recent survey from the Professional Educators of Tennessee showed 22 percent of educators were “unlikely” to remain in public education.

Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed cited student discipline and behavior as “challenging” or “very challenging.”

The group says the law will help address this issue by putting “better discipline systems and processes in place,” and giving “teachers more voice on the critical issue of student discipline.”

“The best teacher in the school cannot teach if they have an unruly classroom,” said JC Bowman, director of Professional Educators of Tennessee, a non-partisan teacher’s association based in Nashville. “We’ve got to make sure that we’re protecting our teachers and our other students as well.”