Impacts of Zero Tolerance Policies in Education on Minorities and Students of Color


by : 
Shriya R.


My research project examines how zero tolerance policies in education disproportionately affect minorities and students of color. Zero-tolerance policies in education are the policies that allow for suspension and expulsion. These policies are called "zero tolerance" because the schools immediately move to high-stakes punishment for violations of certain rules and do not allow for leniency with enforcement of those rules. This is a problem because zero tolerance policies have disproportionately impacted students of color and minorities and have negatively impacted them by sending them down an unsuccessful path.