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The Effects of Zero-Tolerance Policies on Student Dropout Rates - Latanya Fanion, Public School Program Advisor at the Arkansas Department of Education

Posted: 10/26/2017 4:09 PM

Conversations surrounding the safety of students in public schools have been significantly influenced by haunting accounts of school shootings, countless recordings of students engaged in violent brawls, and repeated reports of students caught with drugs and weapons on school grounds. As these incidents became seemingly more widespread, a sense of fear developed in communities across the country. Consequently, the national discussion on safe and drug-free schools was reignited. Parents, community members, educators, and students called on school leaders and policymakers to do something to protect the nation’s schools from the perils of society that were robbing young people of their innocence. To regain the public’s trust and restore security in our nation’s schools, policymakers responded by passing various pieces of legislation, and school leaders subsequently adopted zero tolerance policies to safeguard schools and students from drugs, weapons, and crimes of violence in schools.

Birth to Five Education – the Learning Laboratory for True K-12 Reform - Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia's Children

Posted: 11/14/2014 2:43 PM

Having observed education reform at the local, state and national levels for more than 40 years, I am struck by the contrast in priorities between K-12 education reform and emerging efforts to create effective early childhood systems. My impression is that K-12 reformers focus primarily on academics whereas early childhood developers focus on the whole child.

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