County school board approves revised code of conduct

May 20, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Anne Arundel County school board approved a new code of student conduct last night that takes into account modern types of misbehavior, including cyberbullying, and bans the use of camera cell phones.

The code also gives school administrators more guidance on what penalties to impose. School officials have said the more-detailed code will make disciplinary measures more consistent across county schools.

The school board also heard a report on a climate survey conducted by the 21st Century Foundation, a nonprofit coalition of local business and community leaders including The Sun.

Of the 28,000 students, parents and school staff surveyed in November, most were satisfied with their school and the school system. But about 20 percent of parents were dissatisfied with Superintendent Eric J. Smith and the school board.

As for teachers, 38 percent rated Smith below average or poor, and 22 percent were dissatisfied with the board.

The survey's margin of error was less than 5 percentage points.

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