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Rethinking Zero Tolerance Discipline In Florida Public Schools

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In many schools, Zero Tolerance discipline policies dictate harsh punishment—expulsion, suspension and arrest—for breaking rules.But some districts are reconsidering Zero Tolerance because of a rise in the number of children arrested on campus.

Broward County Schools formed a unique coalition with law enforcement, local and state courts, and the NAACP to re-write the school codes.

StateImpact Florida’s Sammy Mack spoke with Gordon Weekes, a Broward County assistant public defender with the juvenile justice division—who has been a critic of zero tolerance in the past.

You can find more about the new discipline policy at StateImpact Florida.

You can follow Sammy Mack on Twitter @SammyMack.

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