My buddy Chaz wrote an excellent post about the DOE's weakening the disciplinary powers of the teacher. He makes wonderful points about how we are harming the student by not correcting the behavior and how allowing it to continue will leave the student unprepared for college and careers.
I have only one thing to add to this terrific post. These disruptive students will remain in the classroom and keep others from learning. Protecting, as the DOE calls it, the rights of a few will destroy the majority. No one can learn in a room full of noise and chaos.
Thinking about this brings a sinister thought to mind. Is the DOE destroying classroom management tools as another way to get back at teachers? Leaving these kids in the room will prevent learning, test scores will go down and there will be more evidence to show a teacher is incompetent. Sounds too evil to be true? I don't think so. Look at all that has been done to the school system since Bloomberg took over. This goes right along with everything else he has done.