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Teachers more aware of problem students

Date: February 16, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau
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Intro: First round approval was given to a house bill that would give teachers more power over violent students.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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Missouri's House gave first round approval to a bill that would attach a sheet to a child's permanent record highlighting their past misbehaviors.

The bill's sponsor and former school administrator Maynard Wallace had his proposal come under question by the Democratic Representative from Jackson County, John Burnett, who says he is worried this attachment will become a part of the permanent record and damage the child's future.

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Description: "Wallace: It's attached for the use while that person's a student. It need not follow that person when they're ten years out of school.

Burnett: But it might.

Wallace: It might, yes, it might, but we would hope not.

Burnett: But, we didn't put any safeguards in there to make sure it wouldn't?

Wallace: I think, no." 

The bill faces one more vote before being passed to the Senate.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.

 


Intro: After being told of a bathroom murder in a school house, Missouri's own house gave first round approval to a bill that would give teacher's more knowledge of problem students. 

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol. 

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A House bill that would attach a note of advisory to a problem child's permanent record was given first round approval in Missouri's House after being told of a past child-by-child murder.

Democratic Representative from St. Louis county, Margo McNeil, gave the example of the 1995 murder case which allowed a troubled child to go to the bathroom unattended.

He then killed a student with his bare hands.

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Description: McNeil: "Had the teachers of this particular school known of, the reasons, you know, that he was sent, it might have prevented...

Wallace: They might have watched him more closely."

McNeil says if this bill is approved, teachers will be aware of problem children and watch them more closely.

One Representative says his concern is the attachment will become a part of the child's permanent record.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.