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Feds call on schools to address discipline disparities

from Disability Scoop

The Obama administration is issuing new guidance to schools in an effort to reduce the number of minorities and kids with disabilities who needlessly wind up in the hands of law enforcement. Students with disabilities and those from minority groups are disproportionately suspended or expelled, often for petty violations of school rules, federal officials say. The new guidance developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice is designed to ensure that discipline policies are fair, effective and do not violate students' civil rights. "A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal's office, not in a police precinct," said Attorney General Eric Holder who called out "zero-tolerance" policies that can unintentionally make students feel unwelcome in their schools. more

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