School Discipline Policies
- Dealing with Behavioral Issues in Middle and High School
- The Look of Public Schools Post-Newtown: More Armed Guards Greet Students
- Schools Demand Students' Social Media Passwords
- Is Your Public School’s Zero Tolerance Policy Punishing Innocent Students?
- The Difficult Line between Social Media and Public Schools
- Black and Latino students are consistently punished more severely than white students for the same infractions.
- Nearly 50 percent of preschool children who are suspended multiple times are black, yet black children represent less than one-fifth of the preschool population.
- Black students are far more likely to be referred to law enforcement or arrested for a school-based offense than white students or other students of color.
- Black girls are suspended at a much higher rate than girls of any other race.
- Students with disabilities, who represent only 12 percent of the public school population, account for almost 60 percent of students who are placed in seclusion.
According to a recent article at Eurasia Review, the age of the Internet is forcing many to reexamine constitutional liberties – primarily those protected under the First Amendment. Public schools have been flung directly into the fray, as they attempt to make the distinction between a student’s private life and the impact of the choices they make outside of school on the school environment overall. Currently, a number of questions have arisen over the use of social media by both students and teachers. Three cases, in particular, have forced public school officials, and even the court system, to take a second look at what constitutes “appropriate” behavior on social websites.