Ending Zero Tolerance: A Talk with Derek Black

March 6, 2017

Professor Derek Black's Ending Zero Tolerance answers the calls of grassroots communities pressing for integration and increased education funding with a complete rethinking of school discipline. Derek Black, a former attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, weaves stories about individual students, lessons from social science, and the outcomes of courts cases to unearth a shockingly irrational system of punishment. While schools and legislatures have proven unable and unwilling to amend their failing policies, Ending Zero Tolerance argues for constitutional protections to check abuses in school discipline and lays out theories by which courts should re-engage to enforce students’ rights and support broader reforms.

​Guide to event recording content:

  • Introduction 0:00:00 - 0:02:45 

  • Introduction to Zero Tolerance Discipline: 0:02:50 - 0:07:50

  • School Discipline and Why the Model is Broken 0:07:50 - 0:37:32

  • Questions from Schools, Community Organizations, Charter Schools 0:37:32 - end

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