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Zero Tolerance

January 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |     |   Comments Off on Zero Tolerance»


Definition: A zero-tolerance policy in schools is a policy of punishing any infraction of a rule, regardless of accidental mistakes, ignorance, or extenuating circumstances. In schools, common zero-tolerance policies concern possession or use of illicit drugs or weapons. Students, and sometimes staff, parents, and other visitors, who possess a banned item for any reason are always (if the policy is followed) to be punished. These policies are promoted as preventing drug abuse and violence in schools. (Wikipedia,

What it Means: Tracking student behavior has led some states to start questioning the severity of this punishment and the consistency with which it is being implemented.


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