Do zero-tolerance discipline policies work?

12/28/2009 | News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The

North Carolina's Wake County school board is reconsidering its student-discipline policy -- primarily its zero-tolerance stance that calls for student suspension for drug possession, serious fights and other bad behavior. Some officials say suspensions do more harm than good because students are likely to get into more trouble outside of school, particularly with drugs and gangs. "Some people say these kids just need to be suspended," one board member said. "A lot of these kids are just lacking in discipline and guidance. There are ways we can partner with the community to help provide guidance and discipline."

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