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F. Chris Curran: The Effect of State Zero Tolerance Laws on Discipline Issues

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Chris Curran's summary of the history, intended purpose and impact of state zero tolerance laws was fascinating. The connection between gun-free school initiatives and zero tolerance laws makes a lot of sense, but it seems that these policies are not necessarily having the intended effect. Curran notes zero tolerance laws have not had a clear impact on the sense of safety in a school. Given that they also appear to have a disproportionate, negative impact on minorities, it seems to me like different approaches to discipline, like a restorative justice model, might better serve the entire community.