Zero tolerance approach clashes with other School District policies

    How can the School District of Philadelphia have a zero tolerance policy while simultaneously trying to reduce the number of serious incident reports from schools? Those clashing approaches are why the Public School Notebook calls the district’s policy schizophrenic.

    In response to an Inquirer op-ed, which criticized the Youth United for Change report that claims zero tolerance is ineffective, the paper asks readers to consider alternatives. In a district where students aren’t all good or all bad, the Notebook emphasizes, there needs to be a middle-of-the-road approach — much like those suggested in the YUC report.

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