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Let's Stop Suspending Kids in School for Minor Infractions

Emily Friedman

In 1994 Congress mandated that states receiving federal education funding expel students for bringing guns to school. Since then, the zero tolerance policy has broadened to include suspensions and expulsions for minor offenses like swearing or shoving. Students who are removed from school are more likely to drop out or become permanently caught up in the juvenile justice system, and minority students are disproportionately targeted. Let's rethink what zero tolerance means for our schools.

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