Policies and Issues in Public Schools
Zero Tolerance Unfair to Blacks
(excerpt) African-American students are suspended or
expelled from school at a rate disproportionate to their
enrollment, according to anew study.
Resisting Zero Tolerance
University, Office of Communications and Marketing:
Disproportionate suspensions of African Americans by schools
not due to misbehavior, new study finds
National Association of Secondary School Principals:
Zero Tolerance: A Win-Lose Policy
Every school day, principals struggle
to protect youngsters while at the same time working to
make sure they receive the best education possible. We
cannot tolerate violence against our students and staffs.
We must be thoughtful but aggressive, with clear policies
that are understood by students and their parents. These
policies must be fairly administered with due process
assurances in place.
However, we may want to refine our policies to make sure
they address three critical areas ...
Office for Civil Rights
Ensuring that nondiscriminatory practices are followed
in the placement of minority students in special
education and access to gifted and talented programs;
Ensuring that English language learners are afforded
access to English language instruction, as well as
content courses and other educational benefits;
Ensuring that elementary and secondary students with
disabilities receive a free appropriate public
Ensuring that students are not subject to a racially
Ensuring nondiscriminatory student disciplinary policies
and practices; and
Ensuring equal opportunity for male and female students
to participate in athletic programs.
OCR offices have customer service teams that respond to
questions from our partners, stakeholders and members of
the public. (see Appendix A) OCR also serves the public
through its web page at
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR and its toll free
telephone line [1-800-421-3481] that is staffed during
business hours, eastern standard time.