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February 3, 2010:

The "Zero Tolerance" Approach to Fighting in Schools (7 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 8:34 PM

By lostincali Many school districts have recently implemented "Zero Tolerance" fighting policies. What this means varies from locality to locality, but it generally involves severe punishments for anyone involved in fighting, without regard to any details of the case. In practice this means that those who attack others and those who defend themselves are punished […]

Boy Scientist Sent for Counseling (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 8:08 PM

Students were evacuated from Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School in the Chollas View neighborhood Friday afternoon after an 11-year-old student brought a personal science project that he had been making at home to school, authorities said. Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, said the student had been making the device in his […]

February 2, 2010:

School to Prison Pipeline Fact Sheet (1 Comment)Posted in: Resources by SoulRiser @ 11:03 PM

ZERO TOLERANCE DISCIPLINE, DISCRIMINATION, AND THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE The School to Prison Pipeline (STPP) is a nationwide system of local, state, and federal education and public safety policies that pushes students out of school  and into the criminal justice system. The system disproportionately targets youth of color and youth with disabilities. Inequities in […]

January 29, 2010:

Lawsuit Charges NYC Police With Criminalizing Kids (1 Comment)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 5:02 PM

NYPD personnel assigned to New York City’s public schools have repeatedly violated students’ civil rights through wrongful arrests and the excessive use of force, according to a class action federal lawsuit filed today by the New York Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. The landmark […]

November 28, 2009:

Student expelled for having unloaded shotguns in truck (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 8:55 PM

The Willows Unified School District board of trustees has expelled a 16-year-old for having unloaded shotguns in his pickup parked just off the Willows High School campus. The board voted 4-0 Thursday to expel junior Gary Tudesko after the weapons were discovered via scent-sniffing dogs on Oct. 26. Board Vice President Alex Parisio abstained from […]

October 28, 2009:

Pupils protest outside school (2 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 1:05 AM

POLICE were called to control a protest by students at Whitworth Community High School over the new head teacher's "draconian" rules. A message was sent to pupils on Facebook calling on them to walk out and stand outside the head teacher's office on Friday morning in protest over head Maggie Holt's newly enforced dress code. […]

October 22, 2009:

The School to Prison Pipeline: Drop - outs or "Push - Outs"? (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 9:27 PM

Last week the New York Times reported the results of a disturbing but unsurprising new study from Northeastern University, On any given day, about one in every 10 young male high school dropouts is in jail or juvenile detention, compared with one in 35 young male high school graduates, according to a new study of […]

October 13, 2009:

It’s a Fork, It’s a Spoon, It’s a ... Weapon? (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 11:11 PM

Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing with his karate instructor and his mother’s fiancé by his side to vouch for him. Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon […]

July 14, 2009:

Seventh Grader Sues School Over Right to Wear Pro-Life T-Shirt (2 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 2:50 PM

A California mom says her public school administrators violated her daughter's First Amendment rights when they ordered the seventh-grader to take off her pro-life T-shirt. Anna Amador has gone to court on behalf of her daughter, who she says was ordered by her principal to change her shirt on "National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day." The shirt […]

June 19, 2009:

Film (The War on Kids) Probes Public Education in America (8 Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 1:50 PM

The award-winning feature documentary, THE WAR ON KIDS, launches a nationwide grassroots screening tour that will bring the debate about public education to dozens of campuses and communities nationwide. In 95 minutes, THE WAR ON KIDS exposes the many ways the public school system has failed children and our future by robbing students of all […]

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