Zero Tolerance Policy
March 3, 2014
Purpose: To examine Zero Tolerance Policies and their impact on schools, education, and students. In addition, to examine how these policies stretch beyond the school environment and have a broader social and economic impact. Specifically, zero tolerance policies have been strongly linked to the school-to-prison pipeline and recent research conducted by the National Education Policy Center found that zero tolerance policies put children at an increased risk of truancy and incarceration. The past and present of zero tolerance will be highlighted. Please review the resource links provided below for background information on this issue and come prepared to participate in our group discussion.
Kyle L. Guerrant, LMSW, Director, Office of School Support Services, Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Kyle has been a strong leader and advocate in youth health, development, and safety issues in community-based non-profits, local schools, and state government for over 12 years. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of School Support Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Kyle and his team are charged with improving the health and educational outcomes of Michigan students through the implementation of Coordinated School Health initiatives. His office has a broad set of responsibilities that include USDA Child Nutrition Programs, primary care, and mental health services, as well as bullying prevention, health and physical education. Previously, Kyle served as the Supervisor of the Coordinated School Health and Safety Programs unit at MDE, and as the Acting Manager of the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Kyle earned a bachelor’s degree (BA) in psychology (Child Development) from Long Island University, and a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Michigan. He has served on numerous organizational boards ranging in focus from youth homelessness to adolescent sexual health. In 2007-08, Kyle was also selected as a fellow in Michigan State University’s Educational Policy Fellowship Program.
Jennifer E. Cobbina is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her primary research focuses on the issue of corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance among recently released female offenders. Her second primary research area is centered on examining how gender and social context impact victimization risks among minority youth. She is currently a co-principal investigator on a team of researchers that was awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Michigan State University Foundation to examine how probation and parole officer interaction with female drug offenders affects recidivism, rule violations, and changes in crime-related needs. Dr. Cobbina’s work appears in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.
Learning Team Members:
Primer for the participants:
January 8, 2014- Joint letter from DOJ and USED on school disciplinary practices and the possibility of civil rights investigations:
January 8, 2014 letter from Sec. Duncan which went out the same day as the joint guidance letter from DOJ and USED:
General website for National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships, Michigan involved in and sent team.