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  • Role of Obama-era school discipline policies in Parkland massacre

    Most news media neglected a huge part of the Parkland school massacre. They did so by focusing largely on the roles played by gun laws and mental illness in Nikolas Cruz’s rampage. Paul Sperry went against the grain, in a series of reports for RealClearInvestigations that exposed a central factor in the horror: an Obama-era push that made school discipline more lenient across the country because of concerns that minority students, especially African-Americans, were being disciplined at much higher rates than other Americans. Sperry was the first to report, and to comprehensively detail, this broad and ultimately misguided effort to end the “school to prison pipeline.”
  • Kicked out of kindergarten: the discipline dilemma

    Mrozowski and Byczkowski check into suspensions of kindergartners throughout Ohio, based on school district. Behavior problems in schools have gotten so bad that even kindergartners are getting kicked out. The article focuses on whether or not the region is becoming overly strict when it comes to discipline.
  • "Gwinnett County Public Schools Student Discipline Investigation"

    This joint investigation with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that Georgia's largest school district had been undererporting student discipline incidents by more than 85 percent. A reporter's review of a database following the first year of mandatory reporting by public school districts prompted the investigation. The data from a number of school districts seemed low. Subsequent data analysis revealed the magnitude of the problem. Following the reports several state agencies opened their own investigations into the school district.
  • Doom rules

    This story examines the Columbine tragedy from "the largely hidden world of adolescent rage and violent fantasy in which the killers lived and died. Combining original reporting, social observation, and detailed analysis of Eric Harris' game designs, drawings and writings, the piece moves beyond the usual scapegoats to a more complex interpretation of the massacre and its legacy. Major findings: that the killings had little to do with the 'Trenchcoat Mafia' but a great deal to do with the violent subculture at Columbine; that school and law enforcement officials ignored or misinterpreted many warning signs; that 'in a school full of kids desperate to stand out, two killers in training did not seem remarkable at all."
  • Courting disorder in the schools

    The Public Interest, in light of the recent school shootings, investigates the legal relationship between the courts and the school systems. Starting in 1969, the Supreme Court has consistently given students more constitutional rights , which critics partially blame for rising misconduct and incivility in the classroom. They say disciplinary actions are not being taken because school officials fear lawsuits, thus, contributing to a sense of "do-as-you-please" attitude for the students.