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.