Student Safety and Restorative Justice

Zero-tolerance behavioral policies spread throughout the United States in the mid-1990s, after the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 required states to expel for one year any student who brought a firearm to school, or lose all federal funding.

Similar policies have since extended to drug-related incidents and physical confrontations. Zero-tolerance has since been criticized for a variety of reasons, from being generally ineffective to resulting in egregiously unfair consequences for students and even teachers.

Ron Brown College Preparatory High School (RBCP) takes a different approach, which was recently featured in a story with National Public Radio. The heart of the episode echoed a sentiment we’ve believed for years: schools often are the safest places for students to be and represent the greatest opportunity to restore and develop their personal character.

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