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ERIC Number: EJ781883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
Reforming the Discipline Management Process in Schools: An Alternative Approach to Zero Tolerance
Kajs, Lawrence T.
Educational Research Quarterly, v29 n4 p16-28 Jun 2006
There is a need for educational reform of zero tolerance policies in school disciplinary management procedures. Zero tolerance policies are rigid mandates of predetermined consequences for specific student misconduct. Common sense and fairness are not necessarily served by the application of inflexible disciplinary rules that do not address the circumstances surrounding particular situations. A disciplinary decision can have long-term implications for a student's future career, as well as to his or her perception of the educational system. This paper provides three case studies where zero tolerance was applied; presents research that supports systematic reform of zero tolerance policies, as a means of reforming current discipline management practices in schools; and describes an alternative approach to the application of zero tolerance disciplinary measures. (Contains 2 tables.)
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A