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The School House to Jailhouse track

  • Organization: Advancement Project
  • Document Type: Article/News
  • Date Created: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
  • Submitted: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
  • Attachment(s): DOC


School districts have adopted a variety of harsh, "zero tolerance" school discipline policies directed at minor misconduct in addition to more serious offenses.

• In Tucson, Arizona, dress code violations and the use of profanity are punishable by up to a 10-day suspension, and fighting or vandalism can result in suspension of up to 180 days, expulsion, and referral to law enforcement.
Source: Tucson Unified School District, Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

• In St. Louis, Missouri, tardiness can result in a 10-day suspension, "disruption" or "disrespect" can lead to a 10-day suspension and placement in an alternative school, and the potential consequences for "physical displays of affection" and dress code violations include expulsion.
Source: St. Louis Public Schools, Student Code of Conduct Handbook.

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