Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act Reintroduced

Posted on 20 Jul 2009 in Legislation, School Behavior | Comments Off on Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act Reintroduced

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Legislation Alert

Here ye, here ye, a bill to increase funding for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is making it’s way in congress. The bill is sponsored by Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) and is meant to amend NCLB/ESEA. This bill was sponsored last year in the House with a companion bill sponsored in the Senate by Barrack Obama (AKA President Obama to you and me, effective this past January 2009).

Show Your Support

You can show your support and send an email to your local congress man or woman on the Council for Exceptional Children website. The letter, which can be customized by you, begins as follows:

The Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act (H.R. 2597) allows states and local education agencies the flexibility, funding, and technical assistance needed to implement programs designed to reward positive behavior and improve school climate. This important legislation also provides schools and professionals the technical assistance they need to allow them to implement this innovative program with the fidelity necessary to achieve results.

I urge you to take action on this. Both teachers and researchers know how critical proactive behavior intervention is when it comes to effecting the climate of our school. When the climate is positive and productive, our students achieve more and test scores increase. But, good luck improving test scores when the school uses punitive punishment to control students.

What are your thoughts on the relationship between behavior and academics?