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Houston Schools Plan to Reconnect with At-Risk Students

Trustees at the Houston Independent School District approved a proposal to retake control over its Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the place where middle and high school students all too often wind up after breaking school rules, only to find themselves in the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Texas Students Learn Zero Tolerance Policies Also Apply to Ponytails

In theory, school dress codes and grooming policies intend to thwart distractions by fostering conformity and compliance to an established norm but two Texas students in different parts of the state recently learned that sometimes sporting a ponytail can result in potential suspension or worse, expulsion, all because of school zero tolerance policies.

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‘Guilty Before Proven Innocent,’ Says Texas Student on Zero Tolerance Ordeal

A Texas high school senior, who spent over two months in jail accused of a making a terroristic threat on campus, described his harrowing ordeal with zero tolerance policies as “guilty before proven innocent.” Last week, a grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to indict him on the felony charge.

Texas School Threatens to Punish Parents Who Walk Children Home

Texas School Threatens to Punish Parents Who Walk Children Home

An afternoon dismissal pickup policy change at one Texas elementary school has a lot of parents rip-roaring mad. It forbids them from walking their own children home at the end of the school day. Breaking this rule can result in trespassing charges or truancy classes for mom and dad.

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Zero Tolerance: Another Texas Student Suspended for Helping Asthmatic Classmate

Instead of praise, a Central Texas school district suspended a 15-year-old boy when he rushed a classmate, who was in the throes of an asthma attack, to the school nurse’s office in yet another incident of zero tolerance policies overriding common sense. This follows last week’s double suspensions for two North Texas students, which also involved an asthma attack.

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Texas School Punishes Good Samaritan Student Under Zero-Tolerance Policies

A 12-year-old North Texas middle school honor student never imagined her “Good Samaritan” intentions to help an asthmatic classmate struggling to breathe would result in her being punished by her school’s zero-tolerance policies, all because she offered up her asthma inhaler.

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Texas Mayor Still Under Fire over ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed

Every step of the way, the media has attacked popular Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, accusing her of being an Islamophobe following the “Clock Boy” Ahmed Mohamed incident that unfolded in the Dallas surburb. While news outlets glorify the teen’s every move, they trash the conservative mayor incessantly.


Texas Teen Arrested After Bringing Gun to School, Claims Fear of Gangs

Terrified of bullying from gangs, an East Texas teen claimed as his rationale for bringing a backpack handgun into high school last week. The teen’s mother confirmed the motivation. “Safe school” policies resulted in his arrest for unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.


Ahmed Mohamed’s School Discipline Problems Started Long Before His ‘Clock’

Ahmed Mohamed’s school discipline problems started long before bringing a homemade suitcase clock accused of being a “hoax bomb” into a Texas public school. The 14-year-old Irving high school freshman turned citizen-of-the-world celebrity sports a middle school history of detention, suspension, and even an incident where he tried to smart mouth his way out trouble by reciting his First Amendment rights to the principal, which landed him in hot water in these zero tolerance times.