More schools rethinking zero-tolerance discipline stand

From today’s Post: Schools nationwide are reconsidering the strict zero-tolerance discipline policies that have been used to suspend kids for bringing toy guns or Advil to school, and other seemingly harmless infractions.

“The shift is a quiet counterpoint to a long string of high-profile cases about severe punishments for childhood misjudgments. In recent months, a high school lacrosse player was suspended in Easton, Md., and led away in handcuffs for having a pocketknife in his gear bag that he said was for fixing lacrosse sticks. Earlier, a teenager in the Virginia community of Spotsylvania was expelled for blowing plastic pellets through a tube at classmates,” writes reporter Donna St. George.

Some educators are moving away from lengthy out-of-school suspensions in favor of positive behavior support, a program designed to teach students how to behave properly.

Read the story and then tell us how your child’s school district handles discipline on The Answer Sheet blog.

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