The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.
This week’s Do Now looks at the high school dropout crisis in America. We ask students why do teenagers drop out and whether they know of anyone. This post contains an introduction to the high school dropout issue along with some media from PBS NewsHour.