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ERIC Number: EJ943137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-12
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Policy Fight Brews over Discipline
Shah, Nirvi
Education Week, v31 n7 p1, 12 Oct 2011
A new report finding that black and Hispanic students are far more likely to be kicked out of school when they break the rules adds to a growing chorus of concern over the discipline policies being used in K-12 schools. Over the past two years, an increasing number of reports and initiatives have pointed out problems with 'zero tolerance" policies and other school discipline practices that some see as overly harsh or that seem to unfairly target students from some racial, gender, and ethnic groups. New data showing that black and Hispanic pupils are more likely to be expelled adds to a growing critique on school discipline. The mounting data and criticism prompted U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July to share plans he and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have to reshape discipline policies that end up pushing children into the juvenile-justice system for crimes and rule-breaking on campus, keeping them from pursuing an education. And the Education Department's office for civil rights is developing guidance to help ensure that school discipline policies and practices comply with the civil rights laws the agency enforces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States