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Martin, W. Michael – American School Board Journal, 2000
The recent escalation of zero-tolerance weapons policies was predicated on a (mis)perceived increase in school-related shootings. When administering such policies, principals should reaffirm the policy message, clarify consequences, be careful with evidence, clear their calendars, prepare a communication plan, and coordinate responses to the…
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion
Jones, Rebecca – American School Board Journal, 1997
So far the courts have supported most schools' zero-tolerance policies--even those banning toy weapons, over-the-counter drugs, and unseemly conduct. However, wide-ranging get-tough policies can draw criticism. Policy experts advise school boards to ask the community, decide what people want, allow some wiggle room, create an appeals process,…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 1995
In school systems with a zero-tolerance policy, principals must recommend that students who carry weapons on campus be expelled. Some critics say zero-tolerance policies do not allow enough room for exceptions. Describes the Gun-Free Schools Act. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Gun Control