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Are Students Being Prepared for the Technological Age?; Can AP and IB Programs Raise U.S. High-School Achievement?; Do Teachers Assign Too Much Homework?

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Discipline in Schools: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Fair?
Discipline in schools: Are zero-tolerance policies fair?
Thomas J.Billitteri

Milwaukee school Superintendent William Andrekopoulos is concerned.

Students are being suspended by the thousands, many for minor infractions such as disrupting class, he says. Among the city's more than 9,000 ninth-graders, nearly 40 percent are suspended at least once a year, typically for one to three days. Many are sent home multiple times.

“The suspension data is terrible,” Andrekopoulos says. “This is a grave concern.”1

School systems around the country are beginning to look hard at their discipline practices — particularly how they affect suspension and expulsion rates, not to mention learning and morale. They are especially scrutinizing so-called zero-tolerance polices, which rely heavily on suspension or expulsion to deal with misconduct, often regardless ...

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