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ERIC Number: ED539008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-4
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Zero Tolerance Policies. Research Brief
Muir, Mike
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Much of this brief comes from the ERIC Digest on Zero Tolerance Policies (ERIC #: ED451579). State legislatures and school boards are adopting a growing number of zero-tolerance polices toward weapons, guns, and violence. Zero-tolerance polices are rules intended to address specific school-safety issues. Despite the controversies that it has created in school districts throughout the country, zero tolerance continues to be a widely used response to school disruption and violence. Results have been mixed. After four years of implementation, the National Center for Education Statistics found that schools employing zero-tolerance policies are still less safe than those without such policies. Findings from a national study of school discipline and zero tolerance policies in school districts nationwide indicate that in every district studied, there are significant racial disparities in student suspensions and expulsions. Viable alternatives to Zero Tolerance Policies include building a respectful, caring learning environment by enhancing students' sense of belonging and providing bonding opportunities for teachers and students; implementing a comprehensive character-education program; teaching conflict-resolution strategies; screening and early identification; teacher training in classroom management; clear codes of conduct; positive approaches to discipline including those focused on problem prevention. (Contains 10 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)