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ERIC Number: EJ806990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-28
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Safe Schools and Zero Tolerance: Policy, Program and Practice in Ontario
Daniel, Yvette; Bondy, Karla
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n70 p1-20 Feb 2008
This paper examines zero tolerance discipline policies in Ontario's public school system legislated as the "Safe Schools Act (SSA)" 2001. The intent of our paper is to argue that the "SSA" set within a discourse of zero tolerance as the panacea to the problems of violence in schools has had a detrimental impact. Since the "SSA" is part of the episteme of standardized solutions to complex problems, Ball's interpretation of "policy as text" and "policy as discourse" serves as the guiding framework for the study in which we examine the perspectives of professionals who implement these measures. In conclusion we state that the discursive frames within which zero tolerance policies are situated have shifted to some extent in order to consider other possibilities to the zero tolerance approach.
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2. Tel: 204-474-9004; Fax: 204-474-7564; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada