Administration Urges Restraint in Using Arrrest or Expulsion to Discipline Students

January 8, 2014 | by Motoko Rich | The New York Times

In a recent report, the Obama administration provides guidelines for public school officials to curb their use of zero-tolerance policies. The guidelines were released by Arne Duncan, the US secretary of education, and Eric H. Holder, the attorney general. In the document, Duncan and Holder suggest alternative approaches to the zero-tolerance policies that have led to increases in arrests, suspensions, and expulsions of minority students for minor, nonviolent offenses.

In a recent report, the Obama administration provides guidelines for public school officials to curb their use of zero-tolerance policies. The guidelines were released by Arne Duncan, the US secretary of education, and Eric H. Holder, the attorney general. In the document, Duncan and Holder suggest alternative approaches to the zero-tolerance policies that have led to increases in arrests, suspensions, and expulsions of minority students for minor, nonviolent offenses. Alternative approaches include counseling for students, coaching for teachers and disciplinary officers, and sessions to teach social and emotional skills. These alternatives aim to limit the use of law enforcement inside schools and better protect minority students.

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