Mich. Educators Reconsider Zero Tolerance Policies

MICHIGAN — The state Board of Education is considering a resolution that would instruct schools to “adopt discipline policies without mandated suspension or expulsion for issues that do not involve weapons.” The resolution would be advisory only because the board cannot mandate policy changes.

Michigan schools have been experiencing an alarming rate of suspensions and expulsions, the Detroit Free Press reports. While students who bring weapons to school or engage in physical altercations will still be suspended or expelled, students who commit non-violent offenses would be subject to less severe forms of discipline.

There were more than 1,400 expulsions during the 2010-11 school year. The majority of them — 938 expulsions — were for 100 days or more, effectively putting those students a year behind.

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