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Galesburg Register-Mail: Hare Emphasizes Positives

Location: Roseville, IL

Galesburg Register-Mail: Hare Emphasizes Positives

Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, on Wednesday visited Monmouth-Roseville Junior High School to tour the campus and congratulate students and staff on successfully using a respected, proactive discipline program.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, has been used for five years, first at Central Junior High in Monmouth and now at the consolidated junior high in Roseville, according to principal Don Farr.

"With the consolidation, we kept right on going," said Farr. "It's really been a helpful thing."

PBIS emphasizes positive teaching and reinforcement strategies over reactive discipline measures such as detentions and suspensions.

Hare told the students, staff and community members gathered at a morning assembly he had a few detentions in his day and he valued the concept of positive reinforcement.

"It's much better to point out when people do well than to complain," Hare said.

Hare, whose two children are teachers, also addressed issues such as teacher salaries and the No Child Left Behind Act, saying he believes the country should "stop spending money on a war and use the money to fund programs that make people's lives better."

He encouraged students to register to vote when they come of age and to approach people in public office about issues they feel are important.

Hare also fielded questions from the audience, ranging from who the congressman thinks will be on the presidential ballot in 2008 to how much money he makes. Hare said he believes, at this point, the presidential race will come down to Barack Obama and John McCain, and that he makes about $165,000 a year.

Students, staff and community members at the assembly also sang "Happy Birthday" to Hare, who turned 58 on Tuesday.

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