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Zero Tolerance Policy

Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Here's an idea for the adults who oversee our public schools: Let's stop beating up schoolchildren, pepper-spraying them, tossing them out of the classroom, and jailing them for doing the normal things kids do.

Stop Criminalizing Children of Color for Being Children

Heather Hamel | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Hamel

It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.

Are Public School Students the New Inmates in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
John W. Whitehead

America's public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the "outside."

The Criminalization of Black Children in McKinney, Texas, and Schools Across America

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

This kind of police overreaction to the perceived misbehavior of black children is happening every day across America - not just on the streets but in our schools.

Numerous Legal Issues Surround Medical Marijuana

Brad Reid | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Brad Reid

The U.S. legal system is slowly addressing the legal implications of nearly half of the states having enacted medical marijuana legislation. The wording of state legislation is not uniform and consequently generalizations are difficult.

Detroit Student Suspended For Rest Of The Year Over Pocketknife Found In Purse

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

A Detroit-area high school has suspended an honors student for the rest of the school year over a pocketknife the student says she had by accident. ...

Los Angeles Take Steps To Curb Arrests At Schools

AP | MATT HAMILTON | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the...

Teachers May Not Want To Reduce Number Of Out-Of-School Suspensions: Survey

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

Many school superintendents say they want to reduce the numbers of school suspensions for students, but teachers may be standing in their way. A ne...

Matt Ferner

Colorado AG Defends Company That Fired Medical Marijuana Patient For Off-Duty Use | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics

The Colorado attorney general's office filed a brief last month arguing that employed Coloradans do not have the right to use marijuana outside of the...

Joy Resmovits

American Schools Are STILL Racist, Government Report Finds | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

Public school students of color get more punishment and less access to veteran teachers than their white peers, according to surveys released Friday b...

Why This Teen Is In Major Trouble Over A Knife

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Crime

A Tennessee high school student is in hot water over what he sees as a big misunderstanding. David Duren-Sanner, 18, faces suspension and the poss...

Obama Administrations Aims To Combat 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long sai...

Zero-Tolerance Policies May Do The Exact Opposite Of Their Purpose

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Zero-tolerance policies in schools may have zero point. That's the conclusion of a recent report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit ce...

The End of Childhood in the Era of the Emerging American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
John W. Whitehead

It wouldn't be a week in America without another slew of children being punished for childish behavior under the regime of zero tolerance which plagues our nation's schools. Here are some of the latest incidents.

Support Pours In For Designated Driver Teen Punished By School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.18.2013 | Teen

A high school in Massachusetts is standing by its decision to punish one of its star athletes after she attempted to drive an intoxicated friend home ...

Boy With Autism Suspended Over Cartoon Drawing Of Bomb

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 10.18.2013 | Crime

An autistic middle school student who drew a picture based off his favorite video game has been suspended. Rhett Parham, a 13-year-old who attends ...

Teen Punished For Being Designated Driver

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Teen

When Massachusetts high school senior Erin Cox went to pick up an intoxicated classmate from a party, she thought she was doing the right thing. Howev...

A Renaissance for School Violence

Marc Epstein | Posted 09.22.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

While all eyes have been focused on the "stop and frisk" debate in New York, hardly any attention has been paid to the rewriting of school discipline procedures. When it comes to anti-social behavior, zero tolerance is out and therapeutic intervention is in.

Jason Linkins

Steve Stockman Discovers Some Love For Big Government Intrusion | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

Here's one for your "GOP small-government fetish is selective garbage" file: Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), endeavoring as always to present himself a...

2nd-Graders Back In Class After Suspension For Pointing Pencils

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents

The two second-graders suspended for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other were allowed back at school Wednesday. The boys go...

Mississippi Town Sued Over 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Federal civil rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Meridian, Mississippi and other defendants in which they accuse city officials of operating ...

Bullying + Zero Tolerance ≠ Safe Schools

Ray Ferronato | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Ray Ferronato

As high school students, we're way too familiar with bullying and the devastating effects it can have on youth. But we've also seen and experienced the harmful effects that the zero-tolerance approach to discipline can have on students.

Minority Students Face Harsher Punishments, Report Shows

Posted 12.05.2011 | Education

Black and Latino students are disproportionately more likely to experience harsher punishments by schools for infractions and misbehaviors, according ...

Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies: A Failing Idea

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.05.2011 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Many school children in America are on summer break right now, but here's a pop quiz about discipline policies in our nation's schools that's just for grownups.

Student Arrested And Expelled For Writing Name On Desk, Peers Seek Change

Posted 09.14.2011 | Education

A Chicago student advocacy group is fed up with its school system's zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. Voices of Youth in Chicago Education rall...