Should schools turn to the courts to discipline students?

08/21/2011 | Washington Post, The

Schools increasingly have turned to the court system to enforce student behavior during the past two decades, but federal officials and other critics want to scale back the practice. Arrested students are more likely to drop out of school, and dropouts are more likely to be unemployed or incarcerated, research has shown. However, some argue that while the legal system should not be involved with every infraction, there are times when it is appropriate.

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