Georgia’s District 69 Representative Randy Nix says he is looking for ways to help our teachers improve their opportunities to “teach.”
“Teachers train to teach and yet they spend a lot of their time working on various paperwork and regulations they have within the classroom,” Nix said.
The Republican House member representing the southern portion of Carroll County says during his conversations with educators over the last few months, one of the frequent issues mentioned was discipline in the classroom.
“Their concerns are that there are students—that there seems to be no way to effectively discipline them,” he says. “They disturb the class… the teacher can’t seem to get the student out of the class… can’t seem to get any help.”
Nix says he has been meeting with experts on dealing with these issues and attorneys specializing in education-related legislation to see if any efforts can be made at the state level.
“It’s certainly not fair for the teacher to not be able to teach as they need to,” he says. “It’s certainly not fair to those students who wish to learn and are behaving; and I don’t think it’s fair to the problem student… that especially at the younger ages… that they can act up and they think that nobody can/will do anything to discipline them, because eventually they are going to be out in a situation where somebody will be able to discipline them--- It may be law enforcement that eventually does it.”
Nix says that at this time he is unsure if any legislation could be proposed, but he is looking at several angles to see if anything can be done to help the teachers dealing with distractive-discipline issues in the classroom.