NYTimes Criticizes “Zero Tolerance” Policies In Schools


The New York Times (6/14, Subscription Publication) editorializes that “zero tolerance” policies have led to “millions of children each year being suspended, expelled and even arrested mainly for minor misbehavior that would once have been dealt with at the principal’s office.” The Times praises efforts to roll back these policies, noting that a new report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center shows that schools “can cut down on suspensions and unwarranted arrests at school within relatively short periods without sacrificing safety or disrupting the school environment.”