ERIC Number: ED481971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Zero Tolerance in Tennessee Schools: An Update.
Potts, Kim; Njie, Bintou; Detch, Ethel R.; Walton, Jason
As required by Tennessee law, this report examines the state's zero-tolerance disciplinary data collected by the Tennessee Department of Education for school years 1999-00, 2000-01, and 2001-02. The first section displays statewide zero-tolerance statistics. The second section focuses on the zero-tolerance statistics of Tennessee's five major urban systems. Both sections include data on the age, grade level, education status, gender, and race of zero-tolerance offenders; nature of violations; and disposition of offenses. The report contains the following conclusions, among others: Although zero-tolerance policies were implemented to deter students from committing specific offenses, zero-tolerance offenses have increased at a significantly faster rate than student enrollment. Less than 1 percent of all students attending Tennessee schools committed zero-tolerance offenses during each of the 3 school years examined. Drug offenses continue to be the largest category of zero-tolerance offenses. Most zero-tolerance offenders are male. Students in the ninth grade were three times more likely to commit a zero-tolerance offense that students in other grades. Most of the urban systems have expelled significant percentages of their zero-tolerance offenders without placement. (WFA)
Descriptors: Crime, Crime Prevention, Criminals, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Illegal Drug Use, Law Enforcement, Police School Relationship, Public Policy, School Law, School Security, Student Welfare, Victims of Crime, Violence, Weapons, Zero Tolerance Policy
Offices of Research and Education Accountability, Suite 1700, James K. Polk Building, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243-0268. Tel: 615-401-7911; Fax: 615-532-9237; Web site: http://www.comptroller.state.tn.us/orea/reports. For full text: http://www.comptroller.state.tn.us/orea/reports/zerotoler2003.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Comptroller of the Treasury, Nashville. Office of Educational Accountability.