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ERIC Number: ED462514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-25
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Zero Tolerance/IDEA 97 and Equal Educational Opportunity--Not!
Ableser, Judith
This paper critiques the use of zero tolerance policies for general and special education students, focusing on equal educational opportunity. It presents an alternative comprehensive schoolwide approach to discipline that infuses best practices and a philosophy of democratic education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects the rights of disabled students and addresses discipline. In order to facilitate equal educational opportunity, there must be a democratic standard that meets an authorization and threshold principle that ensures nondiscrimination and nonoppression. Zero tolerance policy does not allow for a democratic state of authority that balances decision making between local and state representation, nor does it recognize differences or individual situations. By applying zero tolerance policies, schools do not provide guidance and treatment for disruptive students. IDEA does not provide protection to disadvantaged students who do not qualify for special education. The proposed comprehensive schoolwide model applies components of best practices from several models, including posting and reviewing consistent schoolwide rules and expectations; developing a community of learners; recognizing and valuing diversity; and providing resources and support for at-risk students. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997