Districts Question Success of School-Discipline Reform

Education experts have raised questions on zero-tolerance discipline policies, citing research that harsh discipline takes away time students could spend learning and targets students of color.

Veteran English teacher Sara Brenan works with students at Anderson High School's summer program in the Austin Independent School District.

Education experts have raised questions on zero-tolerance discipline policies, citing research that harsh discipline takes away time students could spend learning and targets students of color. Experts liken the pervasiveness of zero-tolerance school discipline policies to the similarly named legal policy of the ’90s-era war on drugs. Neither took into account an offender’s circumstance or the long-term ramifications of harsh discipline, and both disproportionately affected citizens of color or otherwise underserved communities. (The Atlantic)