Zero Tolerance Policies At Schools Are Leading To Alarming Suspension Rate

WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO, 13 OCTOBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:

The author of a new book on school disciplinary action says the rash of high-profile acts of violence on campuses across the country, along with federal education policy, have led to an alarming increase in student suspension and expulsion rates.

Derek Black, author of “Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline” and University of South Carolina School of Law professor, said zero tolerance policies have gone too far and are not making schools safer or stronger.

“The data strongly supports the cascading set of negative effects,” Black said. “One suspension, for whatever the behavior, drastically increases a second suspension within the next six to 12 months. And that additional suspension drastically increases the chance of dropout, which drastically increases the chance of incarceration and unemployment.”

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