The dramatic rise in school arrests, suspensions and expulsions of primarily minority students, prompted the Obama administration to issue guidelines to help educators keep kids in school.  The New York Times reports that a 35-page study released by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was drafted to expose the flaws in school zero tolerance laws, and offers school administrators and counselors more constructive tools for disciplining students charged with non-violent offenses. The article reports that civil rights groups welcomed the new federal guidelines:

Citing “misuse and overuse of exclusionary school discipline” that fuels a “school to prison pipeline,” Deborah J. Vagins, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, called the guidelines “timely and important.”

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