Urban school leaders and the implementation of zero-tolerance policies: An examination of its implications

Christopher Dunbar, Francisco A. Villarruel

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Abstract

This article examines the responses of school principals from an urban school district to Michigan's zero-tolerance policy. We specifically seek to understand how school leaders interpret and implement the policy and how their administrative discussions subsequently affect the educational experience of children in urban schools. Given that a disproportionately high number of African American and Latino students are negatively affected by this policy, how do school leaders in predominantly African American districts implement it? The findings in this study reveal that the disparate interpretation of the zero-tolerance policy among school leaders and its implementation negatively affects the educational experience of urban students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-104
Number of pages23
JournalPeabody Journal of Education
Volume77
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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