Zero Tolerance Policies

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Zero Tolerance Policies are tough discipline policies used in schools that are controversial for their disparate application to students of different races, with black, Latino, and Native American students being punished more than whites and Asians. Also at issue are critiques that zero tolerance policies are ineffective at improving school discipline and, moreover, at educating students. Much of the controversy focuses on the use of school suspensions. Some hold zero tolerance policies to blame for the "school-to-prison pipeline."

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  • "Joint "Dear Colleague" Letter," U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, January 8, 2014.