Arizona Alliance of Black
Take Back Your Class: Refusing to Re-Admit Chronic Misbehaving Students
Discussion and presentation will center around existing law regarding a teacher's ability to remove a child from the classroom and refuse reentry. (ARS- 15-841) It will then move towards the need to revise existing law to put in more interventions before we suspend a child. Researched based interventions intended to intervene effectively, often and early in a child's education career. It is the AFT-AZ's position this will be one of the ways we can begin to stop the school to prison pipeline prevalent in urban schools of color across the state.
Ralph Quintana is a proud 4th generation native Arizonan, raised by a widowed singled mom in West Phoenix and graduate of Trevor G Browne. Obtained my Associates from Phoenix College before going into the Army. Left the Army as a Sergeant and graduated from ASU Magna Cum Laude as a Secondary Ed (History) major. Started teaching in a Low SES (working class) school close to where I grew up and decided to go back to school. Obtained my Masters in ED Leadership from ASU and then both an ELL and Reading endorsement from NAU. Currently I work in Glendale Elementary School District teaching at Sunset Vista Elementary ELA to both 7th and 8th graders. I'm also a single father, my son is promoting to Peoria HS this year and my daughter is finishing her Associates on her way to becoming a Kindergarten School Teacher.
As the President of the AFT-AZ continues to be to organize state wide and to promote legislative concerns of teachers/staff across the state. Being in the classroom gives me a unique understanding of the reason we continue to loose teachers beyond the obvious pay issues devastating our profession in Arizona.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.