A state senator has a bad idea for our educational system

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Okay. I know it’s the day before Christmas and that you probably don’t care too much about non-Christmas things. But I think this is something we need to talk about before we all settle down by the fire with a bottle of egg nog while we wait for some old man to leave us presents. After all, Christmas break won’t last forever, and eventually kids are going to have to go back to our very dysfunctional public school system.

State Senator Ron Sharp wants to fine kids who misbehave. I’m not kidding about that. According to KFOR.com:

SHAWNEE, Okla. – A state senator wants school districts to have the option of fining the parents of students who misbehave as an alternative to a suspension.

Sen. Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee) refiled Senate Bill 911, allowing each district to create a new procedure for superintendents, principals and vice principals to assess fines of up to $50 per incident.

The district would have to specify the circumstances under which a student could be assessed a fine and set up an appeals process, according to a press release.

The law would also require alternatives for parents and students who can’t pay fines.

Students under age eight or those under individualized education programs would be exempt from the fines.

Revenue from the fines would go to campus security or academic scholarships.

So, does anyone else see how incredibly stupid this is? Rich kids who never really face consequences anyway will be fine, because their parents will pay the $50 without question every single time little Colby or Makayla screws up. I would not be surprised to find that the Edmond Public Schools acquire enough money to send every student in their district to college for free, if the money does indeed to to scholarships.

And then, what about the parents who can’t afford it? Well, I bet they are forced to prove it through either overly embarrassing, or overly bureaucratic means. They will probably be forced to take a day off work (which they also can’t afford) to go to an office where a grumpy administrator will tell them they didn’t have the right form in the first place, and they didn’t get it signed by the right individual. Meanwhile, this debt will probably go to collections just so a state senator can punish parents when all along its the kid who was just being a dumb kid that deserves punishment.

What’s really distressing about all this is that Sharp taught in the public education system for 38 years, and has a Masters of Education. Which can only lead me to conclude that the killer’s phone call is totally coming from inside the education system.