When you spend nearly a million dollars over three years for a student discipline program, you have a right to expect some results. Apparently, the results didn’t come in Christian County, where the Kentucky New Era (subscription required) quotes Christian County Board of Education member Shelia Cottrell as saying, “We’re not too far off from a shooting.” So the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) program has been discontinued.
It must have been quite a board meeting. Aside from Ms. Cottrell’s frightening comment, there were charges that the PBS program was behind teachers leaving the system and that administrators were deliberately underreporting discipline violations and principals were falsifying data. This district has some real problems, but a hugely expensive fad program clearly wasn’t the cure.