Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools

A POLICE OFFICER ON A CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL CAMPUS (IMAGE BY SCOTT OLSON FOR GETTY IMAGES)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Originally published in November 2013, Beyond Zero Tolerance was well-received in Pennsylvania and beyond. We have expanded and updated the report for 2015. This updated version is organized into seven major sections.

First we explain zero tolerance and why it’s a problem to exclude students from school as a disciplinary measure. Then, in a new section, we offer questions and answers about school discipline in Pennsylvania. Next we present our key findings and recommendations about removing Pennsylvania students from school. Then we provide a new update of developments in school discipline and policing. Then we analyze Pennsylvania’s discipline data. Next we examine the role of police in Pennsylvania’s public K-12 schools. Finally, we present our conclusion about the urgent need for reform.

CITATION

as a research assistant

Jordan, Harold. 2015. “Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools.” ACLU-PA.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

www.aclupa.org/bzt