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Zero Tolerance Policy

Los Angeles Take Steps To Curb Arrests At Schools

AP | MATT HAMILTON | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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...

When We Ban Kids from School, the Damage Goes far Beyond Academics

Patrick Boyle | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Patrick Boyle

If schools embrace the concept of themselves as communities, they need to act like communities -- rather than like isolated instructional pods that jettison undesirables.

The Time Is Right to End "Zero Tolerance" in Schools

Gara LaMarche | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Gara LaMarche

It is too early to know whether the current wave of school reforms will lead to lasting improvements in student achievement. But it is not too early to note that many of these reforms have a troubling consequence.

Bullying: Didn't You Know It's Just a Sport?

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

We need to get serious about the urgent need to focus on adult bullying of other adults, something at times dramatic and at others so usual as to be staples of our living conditions.

6 Year Old Zachary Christie Sentenced to 45 Days in Reform School for Bringing Camping Knife to School ... to Eat Lunch With

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Isn't Zachary the sort of child that Delaware's Zero tolerance policy was put in place to protect? And aren't his parents just the kind we want to support and respect?

ReThink Review: The War On Kids -- Education's Prisoners

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Public schools have essentially been turned into prisons with constant surveillance and harsh, often absurd zero tolerance policies towards drugs, alcohol, weapons, violence and other forms of misbehavior.

Jason Linkins

Will Fox News Enforce Its "Zero Tolerance" Policy On Recent Error? [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back in November Fox News Channel, in response to a series of widely reported on-air mistakes, issued a memo that stated: Effective immediately, ther...