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Moving away from rigid zero tolerance

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July

Civil rights groups like Florida’s new, more tolerant zero tolerance law, but they want to make sure school districts fully comply. To that end, the Advancement Project, a national civil rights group, and the Florida State Conference NAACP issued recommendations to districts today, including what should and shouldn’t be defined as a “petty acts.”

“The Florida Legislature has recognized that schools have become over-reliant on the police and rigid ‘zero tolerance’ policies for handling school discipline matters,” Jim Freeman, who directs the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Project for the Advancement Project, said in a written statement. “Expelling students or referring them to law enforcement for minor, school-based offenses is not an effective way to create safer, more productive learning environments.”

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]

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