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Like Common Core, Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities Has Backfired

“What stands out in the report is the appalling level of violence in schools: 789,000 physical attacks, 2,200 attacks with firearms or explosives, 10,000 sexual assaults, etc.,” Kirsanow notes. “The galactically misguided Obama guidance needs to be rescinded immediately before the violence increases even more.”

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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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Some Texas Schools Ban ‘Suspension’ for Youngest Students

Some Texas school districts are revisiting their zero tolerance policies to examine how they can better serve their most vulnerable population, students enrolled in pre-Kindergarten through second grade, by banning suspensions and other disciplinary punishments.

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Texas Schools Accused of Violating Truancy Reform Law

Two Texas school districts stand accused of violating the state’s 2015 law that decriminalized truancy. Advocacy groups came together and filed complaints, urging education officials to investigate and to shore up guidelines so that all schools follow the rules.

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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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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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Spring Valley High: Sheriff Says Video Shows Student Assaulting Officer

As the FBI and Department of Justice have been called in to investigate, new facts are still emerging in what Black Lives Matter activists have dubbed the #AssultAtSpringValleyHigh after videos of a Columbia, South Carolina, deputy forcibly removing a non-compliant student from a desk went viral after the Monday incident.

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Cellphone Captures Texas High School Cop ‘Choking’ 14-year-old Student

A cell phone camera captured an incident in a Texas high school that brings a whole new meaning to “choking” zero tolerance policies–a high school campus police officer with his hands wrapped around a 14-year-old male student’s throat. The teen’s dad wants the officer reprimanded.

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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.

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Decriminalized Texas Truancy Law Changes Go into Effect on September 1

The Texas law that decriminalizes truancy and changes how public school districts handle unexcused absences goes into effect on September 1. During the 2015 Legislative session, state lawmakers passed House Bill 2398, which redressed the Failure to Attend School (FTAS) from criminal status to a civil offense called “truant conduct” under the family code.

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