CO Overhaul Of Post-Columbine Discipline Advances

By: AP
By: AP

The Colorado Senate approved a bill that overhauls school discipline policies and erases zero-tolerance rules adopted after the Columbine shootings.

The proposal passed Friday on a 32-3 vote. The House will now consider it.

Lawmakers say zero-tolerance policies force school districts to expel students or refer them to police for minor infractions, such accidentally bringing a toy gun to class. Under the bill, bringing a real firearm to school would still call for mandatory expulsions. But school districts would have more discretion over whether to refer students to police in other cases.

Opponents of the bill say they agree zero-tolerance policies are wrong. But they say the bill is too prescriptive and they're against requirements that school districts and local law enforcement to collect discipline data. Thy say that's an unfunded mandate.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    This wasn't overreaction. It was well planned out. Just like 9/11. No questions asked...just follow any directive that makes you feel safe.
  • by Delores Location: CS on Apr 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    It's about time. The trauma perpetrated on Kindergarten through 4th grade is unnecessary! Not to mention the possible damage to their reputations when they barely have learned to socialize! Where did we lose the use of COMMON SENSE. Handicuffing is ridiculous! Why not ger TOUGH on this BULLY problem that causes some to commit suicide because no one does anything to the bully; but when they try to defend themselves THEY are the ones who get into to trouble. There shoule be s COMPLETE investigation I'm sure mom & dad can tell you which one ALWAYS comes home crying and bruised-bleeding!
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