The Ken Calvert Corruption Chronicles are weekly reviews of Ken Calvertâ€™s 18 years in Congress. The series will look into Calvertâ€™s record of hypocrisy, extremism and corruption.Â This is Episode 3.
Episode 3: Voting for Abusive Discipline of Children
This month the House approved the Keeping All Students Safe Act, a bipartisan bill providing comprehensive protection for children against abusive disciplinary actions at schools, such as restraints, drugging, or being isolated in a locked room.
Ken Calvert voted against this bipartisan bill. Ken Calvert voted for the continued use of abusive discipline in the classroom.
Calvertâ€™s opponent, Bill Hedrick, educator and School Board member, stated “Every child deserves to be treated with dignity. Schools need to use the many research-based, humane behavior techniques available. “The prohibited practices read shockingly like a page from the Inquisition. I don’t know what is worse: that the need to end such abusive practices requires federal action, or the fact that 153 members of Congress â€“ including my opponent Ken Calvert â€“ saw fit to oppose ending these medieval methods.”
Bill Hedrick has been a public school teacher for 35 years and, as a member of the Corona-Norco Board of Education, has helped lead Californiaâ€™s 8th largest school district for 21 years, improving the education of 53,000 children.Â With a grassroots campaign and no national support, Bill came within less than two percentage points of unseating 16-year incumbent Rep. Ken Calvert in 2008.Â Bill is running again to bring real leadership â€“ leadership we can trust â€“ to the people of Californiaâ€™s 44th Congressional District.