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ERIC Number: ED481971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Comptroller of the Treasury, Nashville. Office of Educational Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee