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Multifaceted Strategies to Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Ronald K. Lospennato

Many school districts have implemented misguided “zero-tolerance” policies that, by criminalizing students’ behavior, serve to deny them educational opportunities. The policies have a markedly disproportionate impact particularly on students of color and students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s administrative complaint resolution system can be an effective tool to challenge suspensions and expulsions under zero-tolerance policies and keep students in school.

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