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The Source: Rethinking Zero-Tolerance Discipline In Schools


Zero-tolerance policies have become the normal response for schools, issuing severe punishments for relatively minor infractions. Suspension and expulsion rates have doubled over the past three decades, with effects so devastating that "they amount to educational death penalties, not behavioral correction tools."

Is zero-tolerance contributing to educational inequality? How can policies be amended to safeguard students' basic rights and stop fueling the school-to-prison pipeline? Is it time to completely rethink school discipline? 


Derek W. Black, author of "Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline" and professor at The University of South Carolina School of Law

Morgan Craven, director of the School-To-Prison Pipeline Project at Texas Appleseed