newark del school board changes zero tolerance policy thanks internetmedia

Newark, Del. School Board Changes Zero-Tolerance Policy: Thanks Internet/Media!

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By The_BORG/TheBORG.me

The Delaware News Journal reports that the Newark, Delaware School Board amended its zero-tolerance policy at tonight’s meeting, where over 100 people showed up to show support for Zachary Christie, the boy at the center of this controversy.  While it doesn’t remove the policy entirely, for younger students it lowers the punishment for breaking it to a 3-5 day out-of-school suspension, instead of the 45-day suspension with removal to a district reform school for that period.  Oh, and it’s retroactive, so Zachary is back in school!

The policy should still be scrapped entirely, in my opinion, and replaced with something that gives administrators a good amount of leeway in deciding cases.  You see, the plan still suspends kids, and still suspends older kids for 45 days, which is just stupid.

But, in the meantime, we have a win for the little guy (literally).  Thanks to everyone in the media, in the blogosphere, and on Twitter who got the message out about tonight’s meeting.

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  1. The_BORG

    October 14th, 2009 at 06:26

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    How about some credit for my picture that you’re using?


  2. Reasonable Robinson

    October 14th, 2009 at 08:00

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    Well let’s hope common sense prevails. It seems it just might. The lack of judgement shown by the school board says to me that they are the one’s that should be suspended. These people are weak and lazy.

    If every dangerous were to become a reality then we’d never get out of bed, we’d evolve into a species that couldn’t judge what is a dangerous situation and we’d bring up a nation of kids with paranoid psychoses.


  3. Tully

    October 14th, 2009 at 16:31

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    A mention that the pic came from BORG’s link as already included in the post is reasonable. (Do note, BORG, that they did link even if they failed to attribute.)


  4. Dan Davis

    October 14th, 2009 at 17:20

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    This story is a great illustration of the advantages of local control of education trumping federal policies. A locality which had joined the band-wagon of zero tolerance in the recent past realized their error and, as a community, corrected it. By doing so they become a precedent setting example that other cmmunities will hopefully follow. We didn’t have to suffer a bill written by the NEA, then countered by a bill written by the Heritage Foundation. No CSPAN coverage of corrupt, self-aggrandizing windbags debating the bills. No self-promoting photo ops of the President signing the final legislation. No multi million dollar bureacracy authorized to deal with it. No patronage or Supreme Court lawsuits. Just folks taking care of business. The way they always would if congress would stay out the way.


  5. Michael Merritt

    October 15th, 2009 at 02:22

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    How about some credit for my picture that you’re using?

    Sorry, dude. As Tully says, we linked to you, and I did put credit in the image title attribute. We’ve been having trouble with the caption, but I it’s on on there now.


  6. The_BORG

    October 16th, 2009 at 03:12

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    Thanks. I appreciate that.


  7. Bob

    October 17th, 2009 at 15:47

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    If every school district has a zero tolerance policy, then, perhaps, we should apply zero tolerance disorder to the school officials as a cause for their mental illness. Heh.

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