ZERO TOLERANCE, ZERO EVIDENCE
A new report reveals that zero tolerance policies in schools is ineffective in reducing alcohol abuse or other problems.
According to the report "Zero Tolerance, Zero Evidence: An Analysis of School Disciplinary Practice," there is no credible evidence that zero tolerance is effective. Furthermore, school suspension and expulsion result in a number of negative outcomes for both schools and students.
The report, conducted by the Indiana Education Policy Center at Indiana University School of Education, reviewed the use of zero-tolerance policies since their inception in the 1980s.
"Zero tolerance is a political response, not an educationally sound solution," said Dr. Russell Skiba, author of the report. "It sounds impressive to say that we're taking a tough stand against misbehavior, but the data say it simply hasn't been effective in improving student behavior."
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