Feds follow Colorado’s lead on school ‘zero tolerance’ policies
DENVER — Nearly two years after Colorado lawmakers pushed for changes in ‘zero tolerance’ policies at schools, the Federal government is now getting involved in the discipline debate.
Zero tolerance policies, which were designed to protect schools from shootings and gang violence, have recently come under fire for unfairly targeting minorities for strict punishments.
“Far too many students across the country are diverted from the path to success by unnecessarily harsh discipline policies and practices that exclude them from school for minor infractions,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a media event on Wednesday in Baltimore.
This week the government is releasing a list of new guidelines that could help enable school districts across the country to reform their discipline programs to better suit school safety needs.
Colorado modified its discipline laws in 2012 after lawmakers heard complaints of unfair discipline cases from across the state.