The Obama administration recommended that public schools emphasize positive behavior and use law enforcement only as a last resort.
This week, the U.S. Department of Education released a released a 35-page document that outlined approaches – including counseling for students, coaching for teachers, and classes on social and emotional learning – that could reduce the time students spend out of school as punishment. The report recommended that public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort. It was issued in response to a rise in zero-tolerance policies that have disproportionately increased the number of arrests, suspensions and expulsions of minority students, even for minor, nonviolent offenses.
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